2 more accidents in the UK

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2 more accidents in the UK

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1) Cargo ship (cement carrier) lost with all hands in the Pentland Firth. No May Day, just the bow spotted floating.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/search?q=cargo%20s ... nd%20Firth


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... ended.html

2) Car Carrier aground in the Solent. Possibly cargo shifted, but anyway they decided to run her aground to stop her capsizing.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-30677320


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... round.html

As usual more fuss about the car carrier aground, all crew safe and sound and no pollution than about the ship totally lost with all hands and presumably all the pollution that ensues.

Have a safe New Year everybody, they all thought it wouldn't happen to them!

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From (FB) British Seafarers:
the vessel never suffered any loss of propulsion or steerage nor was it any kind of pilot or navigational error. Early indications are that poor ballast/bunker tank management could be to blame. A large amount of bunker fuel was allowed to drain from the port side over to starboard at the moment the vessel was negotiating the turn to port around the west bramble cardinal bouy. This, combined with slack ballast tanks caused the vessel to take on a very pronounced list to starboard.
...she had made a full 180 degree turn round to port and was listing at approx 50 degrees. The pilot deliberately beached the car carrier in an effort to avoid a potential capsize situation.
That is a huge movement of fuel in a very short time :shock:

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Are these ships fitted with active stabilization normally?

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Well accidents happen in UK, I was one, for example. :)
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This report gives more detail of the cargo apparently some of it shifted including a large earth mover which punched a hole in the ship's side.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1132934 ... -ship.html
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Do you think the ship will come off in one piece?

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Reminds me of the "Cougar Ace" if you recall. They were transferring ballast too at the time. Here is an interesting update link to what happened with all the Mazda cars left on board.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/co ... afu-at-sea

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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-30716023

Well she floated off, pretty bizarre to see her laying on such an angle.

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It is always better to ask a stupid question than to do a stupid thing.

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Ultimate bit of understatement :
Salvage company Svitzer described working conditions on board as "difficult".
The ship is laying on it's side, dragged the anchor 100m and had a tug collide with it, and it is merely difficult.

Sounds a little nightmarish to me! :shock:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-30768102

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