Second ship pulled free after collision with Tricolor..16 Decmber 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 16, 2002 - 07:06 AM

A second cargo ship which collided with a sunken Norwegian vessel has been pulled free.

The 3,000-tonne ship became stuck on top of the Tricolor after the collision and has now been pulled clear by three tugs.

The Tricolor went down off Dunkirk on Saturday with almost 3,000 luxury cars on board.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency and French coastguards in Cherbourg said the cargo ship is now at anchor and waiting instructions from its German owners.

The ship was not carrying any cargo at the time and there were not believed to be any injuries.

The Tricolor is a Norwegian-registered vessel with BMWs, Volvos and Saabs bound for British and US showrooms.

Salvage firm Smit Tak has been commissioned to do the initial salvage work.

A team of eight and a salvage boat are at the site, 30 miles east of the Ramsgate coast but high winds and strong currents have prevented divers from going down to the wreck to assess the damage.