A month-long operation to remove the shipwreck Hephaestus from the rocky shoreline near Ta’ Fra Ben in Qawra began in earnest on Monday morning after a wreck-removal plan was recently approved.
Cassar Ship Repair, a local contractor commissioned to remove the vessel, are using specialised equipment to remove the grounded vessel. First, they will ensure the interior of the vessel is safe and secure and all breaches in the hull are closed off.
Pictured: A large anchor, inland
The vessel will be lifted from the rocks and eventually lowered back into the water. It will then be taken to CSR’s ship repair facility in Marsa.
The 60-metre Togo-registered Hephaestus became lodged on the Eastern coast of Malta after a freak storm on February 10th, poetically mirroring St. Paul’s Shipwreck.