Giant Noah’s Ark replica washed up in UK after coast guard refused to let it sail

A replica of Noah’s Ark is stranded in the UK after the Coast Guard deemed it unworthy for the seas.

The 2,000 m² ship – which serves as a floating museum – has been docked in Ipswich for over a year and a half.

The Coast Guard said the replica of Noah’s Ark was held in the city in eastern England.

Freedom of information requests revealed that the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency did not deem the museum airworthy, according to the Ipswich star.

The newspaper reported that he had been fined £ 500 a day since early April, in addition to a bill of over £ 12,000 previously for his detention.

According to Ipswich star, her immobilization report suggests the vessel did not have key certificates upon arrival and that there were concerns about overdue services for firefighting equipment, life jackets and lifeboats. .

The four-story ship calls itself a “half-size replica of Noah’s original ship”.

On its website, it says that it is an “educational and cultural celebration of many legendary Bible stories” and that it is the “world’s only floating display of Bible stories” .

Local media reported that the museum had been held by the Coast Guard for most of its stay in Ipswich, after arriving in November 2019.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said: “The vessel Noah’s Ark will remain detained until all faults have been corrected and an MCA expert is invited by the owners to verify that ‘they have been corrected. “

The ark had visited the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Norway before arriving on British shores.

It has been open to visitors at Orwell Quay in Ipswich since its arrival.

In a statement to Ipswich Star, the shipowners said: “The requirement to obtain full registration and the required certificates was and may not be achievable within the timeframe required and would result in unreasonable costs and delays for the ship.

“Towing plans have now been made for the Arche to return to the Netherlands and the vessel is still awaiting towing approval to leave the UK.

“The owners have continually sought a means of (release) and (an authorization) to be towed on a single trip from the UK to the Netherlands, with an agreed towing plan.”

A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said: “We are aware of the situation and are in discussions with the relevant agencies in the UK and the Netherlands. Safety remains the top priority.

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