Reports on marine accidents such as collisions, allisions, grounding and sinking are increasing day by day. The reasons for these accidents may be many such as adverse weather, incompetent ships crew, non compliance of weather forecasts, malfunctioning of navigational equipment, engine failure.
Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) reports two such incidents on January 15:
Refloating of grounded Car Carrier:
- The 9576 tons, grounded Car carrier City Of Sunderland with 642 cars on board was successfully refloated with the assistance of two tugs; the Svitzer Trimley from Harwich and the Grey Test from Felixstowe.
- Engines were successfully restarted after refloating and the vessel is now en route to its original destination of Tees Port.
- The vessel had been en route to Tees Port from Zeebrugge when it ran aground in the early hours of Monday morning (January 14), at the south edge of Happisburgh Sands, 8 miles off the coast between Cromer and Great Yarmouth Norfolk.
- The operation to refloat the City of Sunderland was carried out meticulously.
- During the refloating operation Rescue Helicopter 128 remained on immediate readiness and Caister Volunteer Lifeboat and Cromer RNLI All Weather Lifeboat remained in close safety standby to provide assistance should there be a need.
Ice Prince Sinks:
- The general cargo vessel Ice Prince sank in very rough weather due to listing approximately 26 miles south south east of the Portland Bill (50 09.9N 002 02.08W).
- The 100 m long, 6,395 tons Ice Prince, sent out an emergency call on the previous day.
- An MCA counter pollution aerial surveillance aircraft will be making an over flight to see the extent of the debris on the surface of the water from the 5258 metric tons of sawn timber which the vessel carried. Over 2000 tons were being carried on the deck.
- The vessel also carries 313 metric tons of intermediate fuel oil in addition to other lubricating oils in the engine room.
- The Agencys counter pollution team will also be urgently reviewing contingency plans at first light, and bringing forward any counter pollution stockpiles that may be needed to help disperse any oil that surfaces, if any are released from her bunkers. Wave energy in such very rough seas may also help disperse such released oil.
- Police forces and local authorities in both Devon and Dorset have also been made aware of the sinking although any impact on the shoreline may be some days away given the distance of the foundering from the coast.
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