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Save the Baltic - premiere of reportage from the wreck of the Franken - video

In accordance with yesterday’s announcements of the MARE Foundation, today a report on the wreck of the “Franken” oil tanker saw the light of day. The material deals with the threats posed by the remains of the vessel, both to divers visiting it, and to the ecosystem of the Bay of Gdańsk. Among the speakers
Published: July 3, 2018 - 13:34
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:00
Save the Baltic – premiere of reportage from the wreck of the Franken – video

In accordance with yesterday’s announcements of the MARE Foundation, today a report on the wreck of the “Franken” oil tanker saw the light of day. The material deals with the threats posed by the remains of the vessel, both to divers visiting it, and to the ecosystem of the Bay of Gdańsk.

Among the speakers in the discussion on the state of the wreck and the threats it poses, we will see, apart from the representatives of the MARE Foundation, well-known figures associated with the Polish diving community, such as the late Michał Czermiński or Dr Benedykt Hac, representing the Maritime Institute in Gdańsk.

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[blockquote style=”2″]The Franken oil tanker wreck is the largest identified wreck in the Gulf of Gdansk. Due to ongoing corrosion it is highly likely that the wreck will break under its own weight in the near future, resulting in up to 1,500,000 litres of fuel in the tanker’s tanks leaking into the environment.

The wreck is close to numerous Natura 2000 areas, nature reserves and colonies of protected grey seals. A fuel spill in this area will cause a gigantic ecological disaster covering the entire Gulf of Gdansk region. The probability of a spill is very high – the question we are asking is not WHAT will happen, but WHEN? We must act now, before it is too late.

According to the Act on Maritime Areas of the Republic of Poland and Maritime Administration (Journal of Laws 2017, item 2205), the Gulf of Gdańsk (in the part where the wreck of T/S Franken lies) belongs to internal maritime waters under the Maritime Office in Gdynia and being part of the territory of the Republic of Poland. Thus, it is the responsibility of the state administration to protect and preserve the good condition of the marine environment of the Bay, which may be critically endangered in the near future by the uncontrolled spillage of fuel from the wreck of the oil tanker T/S Franken (the position of the wreck according to the Naval Hydrographic Office is: φ= 54° 32′ 19.452″ N, λ=18° 57′ 57.024″ E).

The wreck of the oil tanker T/S Franken is one of the largest identified wrecks in the Gulf of Gdansk so far and is considered a wreck potentially dangerous for the marine environment according to the classification of wrecks developed by the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE). On the basis of the analysis of archival documents, it is almost certain that at the time of sinking the Franken had about 2 700 tonnes of fuel in its tanks, not counting the marine fuel it needed for swimming (about 300 tonnes). These values are well documented. A survey of the wreck in April this year found that about 40% of the volume of the fuel tanks were sealed. Potentially they may still contain about 1,200 tonnes of fuel, or about one and a half million litres.[/blockquote]

Go to the website and sign the petition. Help prevent a disaster!

Source: www.fundacjamare.pl

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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