Plans underway to salvage Asgard II
TENDERS ARE to be sought with a view to salvaging the ill-fated sail training vessel Asgard II which sank off the Bay of Biscay on September 11.
Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea announced during a Dáil debate this week that following a meeting between Coiste an Asgard and insurance company Allianz, which holds a €3.8m policy for the ship, that a decision was taken that tenders would be sought.
Following applications it will be decided whether or not such an operation will proceed.
Minister O’Dea added that Coiste an Asgard is currently looking into securing a temporary replacement sail training vessel but that a decision date is not yet known on whether this will be successful.
All scheduled Asgard II voyages for this year have been cancelled.
The Asgard II on the slipway in Arklow prior to her launch in 1981.