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Ark grounded by flood of bureaucratic requests


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Ark grounded by flood of bureaucratic requests

Fortunately it didn’t happen to the original because – if the Bible is to be believed – none of us would be around to tell the tale.

A giant replica of Noah’s Ark has been impounded and is racking up fines of £500 a day on Ipswich’s waterfront after the UK authorities said it did not have the correct paperwork.

The 230ft long floating museum, full of sculptures of biblical characters, arrived in November 2019 after being towed across the North Sea from the Netherlands.

The attraction, which has welcomed more than 15,000 visitors, had been due to leave in March 2020 but has been stuck for 18 months after the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said it was not seaworthy.

Now the Department of Transport is in discussions with the MCA and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, and its Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate, to find a way for the ship to be released.

A DfT spokesperson said they were "aware of the situation" and in discussion with relevant agencies in the Netherlands and UK.

"Safety remains the top priority’, the spokesperson said.


Noah never should have allowed the mice and rats aboard.

The owner of the replica Ark, Dutch TV and theatre producer Aad Peters, is desperate for it to be allowed home.

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Certain it wasn't grounded because the builder forget to coat it with pitch (tar).






         BEFORE                                                                           AFTER application


(Don't build Arks like they use to ;) :P)



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