The operation to scrap the ill-fated Solway Harvester on which seven Machars men died when it sank 13 years ago began this week.
It is hoped work to dismantle and remove the Kirkcudbright-registered scallop dredger from its mooring in Douglas Harbour on the Isle of Man will be completed by Christmas.
The boat, which sailed from the Isle of Whithorn, was the subject of a number of criminal and civic proceedings since its recovery from the seabed six months after its sinking in Isle of Man waters, with all seven bodies still on board.
David Cretney, MHK, Minister For Infrastructure for Isle of Man said on Monday: “Today marks the final chapter in the story of the Solway Harvester. The people of the Isle of Man and I’m sure the community of Isle of Whithorn are pleased that the process has finally begun. We can assure the relatives of those who perished on board that the break up of the Solway Harvester will be carried out with the utmost sensitivity.”