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Wreck talks call
RMS Mulheim
The vessel's cargo of scrap plastic is still being removed
Environmental campaigners are calling for an urgent meeting with ministers over the wrecked cargo ship off the Cornish coast.

They say they are dismayed at the decision to abandon attempts to salvage the RMS Mulheim, which ran aground on rocks between Sennen Cove and Land's End on 22 March.

Efforts to remove the Mulheim's remaining cargo of waste plastic are still continuing and the conveyor belt system is being used whenever weather conditions allow.

But the ship herself is now to be left to the mercy of the elements.

Maybe if the operation had started on week two, they could have got the boat moved
Vicky Garner, Surfers Against Sewage

Officials say trying to move her would be more of a risk to the environment.

But the campaigners are pressing for talks with transport minister David Jamieson on bringing in a shipping exclusion zone around the Cornish coast.

"We have seen a whole series of disasters through this whole salvage operation," said Vicky Garner, of Surfers Against Sewage.

Not surprised

"And we are not actually surprised we have come to this point several weeks down the line whereby the vessel can't be moved.

"Ultimately they did know there were going to be problems with salvaging it, but maybe if the operation had started on week two they could have got the boat moved."

Calls are still coming in from the public about plastic washed up on local beaches.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is still ongoing.

Inquiry call into Mulheim
15 Apr 03  |  Cornwall
Unloading vessel 'could take weeks'
14 Apr 03  |  Cornwall
Salvage rig attempt abandoned
11 Apr 03  |  Cornwall
Problems for salvage operation
08 Apr 03  |  Cornwall
Salvagers pin hopes on weather
04 Apr 03  |  England
Salvagers to remove cargo
31 Mar 03  |  England

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