Tag Archives: Broke-in-two

Confid Breaks Up

Photo: limburger.nl
Photo: limburger.nl

The 85 meter long  self-propelled barge Confid broke-in-two on the Maas River near Lomm, Netherlands.  The Confid was loading 1400 tons of gravel when the vessel’s hull failed and broke-in-tow.  The bow section remained above water while the stern sank.  The four crewmen on board were able to escape by jumping into the water before the stern sank.  Oil was spotted and authorities requested an anti-pollution vessel while booms were placed around the vessel.  Reports states that some 7 tons of diesel fuel was on the Confid.  A vehicle on board the Confid at the time of the sinking was later recovered.  Divers surveyed the wreck, but no details reported to why the hull failed.  Salvage of the Confid is expected to take a week as the gravel must be removed first.

 


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Luno

Photo: aqui.fr
Photo: aqui.fr

The 101 meter long cargo ship Luno went ashore in the Bay of Biscay and  broke-up along the breakwater at  Anglet, France.  The Luno was en route in ballast to a nearby port when it suffered engine failure.  The cargo ship was driven ashore by heavy seas when it smashed into the breakwater.   Two helicopters responded to the scene lifting 12 crewmen to safety.  No reports of injuries. The seas continued to pound the Luno until it eventually broke-in-two.  The bow pushed up on the beach while the stern section later capsized and sank.  Some 120 cubic meters of fuel oil was on board the Luno.  Reports state some fuel was release, but the amount of pollution was minimal.

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Nautic 1

Photo: derwesten.de
Photo: derwesten.de

The 85 meter long self-propelled barge Nautic 1 broke-in-two while on the Rhine-Herne Canal at Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  The Nautic 1 was being loaded with a cargo of scrap metal when the vessel suffered hull failure amidships. The vessel’s stern sank while the bow was thrust out of the water into air. No reports of injuries of the three crew on board.  The local fire brigade responded to the scene and placed oil boom around the vessel as some oil pollution was released from the submerged engine room.  A crane was requested to help raise the Nautic 1 in the following week.  Reports state the cause of the incident was due to failure to distribute the cargo while loading along with the age of the hull.  The Nautic 1 was built in 1957.

Photo: derwesten.de

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Smart Aground

SMART

The 273 meter long, 151279 dwt bulk freighter Smart went aground  on a sandbar off Richards Bay, South Africa.  The bulk freighter had finished loading its 147,650 tons of coal at the terminal at Richards Bay when left the harbour.   The Smart only travelled a short distance when its engines failed.   The heavy swells pushed the bulk freighter onto the shallows.  The Smart suffered a massive crack and eventually broke-in-two by the following day.   All 23 crew were rescued by NSRI helicopter crews.  No reports of injuries.

Authorities state they are fearing the worse case scenario as the vessel had  1,500 tons of heavy fuel oil and a large quantity of diesel fuel.  Some pollution has already been spotted and clean up operations have begun.

Reports state the vessel did not have a pilot on board when it left the harbour.  The vessel’s owners, Esmeralda Schiffahrts, has stated that clean up operations will be covered by the company and its insurers.

Donations to assist the National Sea Rescue Institute can be made at: http://www.nsri.org.za/ways-to-support-us/give-a-donation

 

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