Gigantic pipes wash up unexpectedly on UK beaches

Image courtesy of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency
Image courtesy of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency

A total of four gigantic bore plastic pipes, originally made in Norway, were discovered washed up on several English beaches recently. A further eight sections of pipe remain secured and under control off the East Anglian coast.

The huge beached pipes, which officials said ranged from around 200 metres to 480 metres in length, apparently broke free while under tow off the East Anglian coast and washed up at Horsey, Eccles on Sea and Sea Palling in Norfolk.

There is no danger or potential threat of pollution from the pipes say experts. Two specialist companies, Dutch Marine BV and Marine Towing Services, are working to remove them.

All pipes are expected to be secured at a single location before being towed back to the manufacturer, Pipelife Norway.

“The pipes were under transport to Algeria when a container ship crashed into them and drove right through,” Pipelife Norway CEO Kjell Larsen told Reuters.

The pipes are brand new and were destined for a large project in Algeria.

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