Now it’s Noah’s Ark in need of savings.
A Dutch ship replica of an ark saves a biblical animal. Detained in the UK for 19 months for being deemed unsuitable for navigation. This led to diplomatic brawls and fines of $700 a day, according to reports.
The 230-foot-long floating museum departed Holland in November 2019 to dock at Orwell Quay in Ipswich, where it was arrested by coast guards for refusing to let it sail, according to official documents obtained by the Ipswich Star.
“We are concerned about this ship. And we cannot rely on the grace of God to be able to safely haul it to Holland,” an official from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency wrote in the document.
They claimed the $3.7 million ark was 61years old and lacked the necessary certificates and information about the weight and stability of the ark, the report said.
So far, more than $17,000 have been charged in custody. With a daily fine from April 1 to $700, the newspaper said.
Ark boat owner Dutch TV producer Ad Peters said the ship had previously been permitted to travel. because it is “Uncertified floating objects” that do not require compliance with international regulations.
He complained that he was now in “Impossible dead end” for which he was fined for not leaving the UK. but was also forbidden from sailing.
The report stated that The Dutch government has lobbyed Britain’s Transport Minister Grant Shapps. including foreign offices Commonwealth and UK Development
“There’s only one ship in the world, let it go,” a former member of parliament in Holland pleaded with Britain’s counterparts, the report said.
Ipswich MP Tom Hunt said the diplomatic issue appeared to “A little bit of a brick wall”, however.
“It’s very strange and unusual to happen,” he told a local newspaper. “We are working with the Dutch authorities. and are doing their best to bring it back to Holland one way or another.”
A spokesman for the UK Department of Transportation told the newspaper: It is “aware of the situation” and is “in discussions with relevant authorities in the UK and the Netherlands”.
“Safety remains a top priority,” the spokesperson emphasized.
The MCA confirmed that “Noah’s Ark will remain in captivity until all deficiencies have been corrected and the MCA surveyor has been invited back by the owner to verify that they have been fixed.”
Peters bought the ark in 2010 and a team of 50 expert craftsmen spent five months building the museum. There are wooden sculptures depicting biblical stories including Adam and Eve, Ken and Abel, and the Nativity. According to its website, it is thought to be about half the size of what appears in the Bible.