On 8th of April, 1945, near the Hel Peninsula off Gdansk, the ship that supplied German navy operating in the Baltic Sea sunk. The ship supplied with fuel for the World War Two and it is believed that some of its tanks are still filled.

“It just sat there and wasn’t in anyone’s way,” says Benedykt Hac of the Maritime Institute in Gdansk. This means that the ship was now Polish Property. But now the question arises as to when the disaster will happen because of the ship warns an experienced navigator and captain.

According to the studies and reports on tankers condition, it was reported that there is still 3,136 m³ that means 828,444 liquid gallons of fuel on board. Hac thanks the German engineering for the ships being still intact. 60 percent of ships were lost during this attack and there is a lot to be discovered.

This is an “extremely important project” says Baltcf Managing Director Peter Torkler adding his views on the ship sink.

“We’re not out to condemn anyone, but are trying to mobilize people to save the ecosystem of Gdansk Bay,” said Olga Sarna, president of the board of the Mare foundation.

It’s also about “breaking the silence,” adds Peter Torkler, pointing out the Gdansk Marine Institute’s and its unsuccessful attempts to gain the interest of the authorities.

“After we saw how well the campaign is doing in Poland, we are now wondering what forums and institutions might take on the project in Germany,” said Peter Torkler.

It is important to get the tanker off Baltic Sea as it can cause a major problem to the ecosystem. But it also seems to be difficult for authorities to take action on this issue.

Hannah Weber

Hannah Weber  is a seasoned journalist with nearly 10 years experience. While studying journalism at FernUniversität Hagen, Hannah found a passion for finding engaging stories.  As a contributor to Deutch News, Hannah mostly covers human interest pieces.


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