A World War Two German bomb containing “high explosives” has been discovered in Portsmouth Harbour early this evening.
The world war two mine was unearthed by a dredger and described by as a “very serious threat” just after 7pm this evening in the Bar Channel that is part of the main shipping channel in and out of Portmsouth.
All sailings in and out of Portsmouth are delayed due to harbour closure following discovery of WW2 ordnance.
Several pieces of unexploded ordnance have been found since work started to deepen the harbour to enable the next generation of carriers to access the Navy base.
Here is what we know in terms of delays: Southern Diving Team are still checking the device . 2 Portsmouth bound Container Ships are currently anchored by St Helen’s anchorage Brittany Ferries ‘Pont-Aven’ stuck in Portsmouth as is Container Ship ‘Crown Garnet’. Brittany Ferries ‘Mont St Michel’ and ‘Etretat’ are delayed inbound
A 500m exclusion zone has been put in around the Stemat 87, near 1 & 2 Bar Buoy
At present the exclusion is not affecting the Wightlink Ferry as it is just outside the exclusion zone but Wightlink are reporting a 50 minute delay due to technical difficulties and are still playing catch up.
The officer from the Southern Diver Team two based in Portsmouth leading the bomb disposal team on the scene, said: “My team is assessing the situation to work out how we can remove the bomb swiftly and safely with the help of the contractors, the Queen’s Harbour Master, Hampshire Constabulary and our operations centre.“As always the Royal Navy stands ready to respond to these call-outs and keep people safe. Despite being old, these devices can pose a very serious threat.”
Hampshire Police have refused to comment of the size of the operation or the effects of the closures will have on the communities or those living in the surrounding and effected areas
Watch the previously found Ordnance be blown up
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