The Motor Vessel Sloeber – (the Belgian barge hired to dump 320,000 tonnes of allegedly radioactive mud just a mile out to sea from Penarth) – has been refuelling in Barry Docks and is due to sail tonight across the Bristol Channel to Hinkley Point.
The Sloeber – dubbed the “Ship of Shame” by environmental activists opposing the Welsh-Labour-Government-approved mud dumping scheme – will become a regular caller at Barry as it’s the nearest port to the Hinkley Point nuclear complex .
The barge is expected to link-up tomorrow with the dredging vessel “Peter the Great” and start receiving thousands of tonnes of mud dredged from the tidal mudflats adjacent to the Hinkley Point nuclear power complex.
Sloeber is expected to dump her first consignment of mud from Hinkley in the Cardiff Roads – just a mile from the sea front at Penarth – tomorrow.
Sloeber arrived on Saturday after a long trip from the Baltic Sea where her sister vessel Pagadder – which was supposed to be joining her at Hinkley – is still engaged on other work.
A retired seafarer monitoring the ship-movements at Barry has told PDN that the absence of a second vessel will mean the Hinkley mud dredging operation will take at least twice as long as it would have done with two barges jointly operating a shuttle mud-dumping schedule.