Gibraltar Authority said in an update that a survey inspection by a specialist team of divers on August 30th had confirmed that the bulbous bow of bulk carrier OS 35 (IMO 9172399) was currently submerged 1.2 metres into the sandy seabed. There was significant damage to the vessel’s starboard side, including a gash amidships, below the waterline, measuring approximately 10 metres by 4 metres.
The divers and an internal survey confirmed that there had been no water ingress.
All 24 crew members were reported as safe and well, with no injuries reported, and at the request of the Captain were remaining on board, with the generator still running. The ship is ready to be evacuated if necessary.
The bulk carrier was leaving Gibraltar during the evening of August 29th to head to Vlissengen in the Netherlands, when it collided with LNG carrier Adam LNG , which was heading into the Bay of Gibraltar. The LNG carrier was not damaged in the collision.
However, the OS 35 was beached on the East Side of the Rock after significant damage to the vessel’s starboard side. The ship was directed to the East Side by the Port Authority to ensure it could be beached, to minimize the risk to the ship and its crew.
The bow of the vessel is resting on the seabed in 17 metres of water, listing by three degrees to starboard, around 200 metres off Catalan Bay, with the main deck partially awash.
Tugs were deployed, and around 400 metres of oil booms were available on scene, ready to be deployed around the vessel in the event of an oil spill.
The Port Authority said that it was reviewing the situation continuously. The Contingency Council has convened and the Governor, Chief Minister and Minister for the Port are being briefed by the Captain of the Port.
A specialist team of marine salvors from the Netherlands was due to arrive in Gibraltar during the afternoon of August 30th to conduct a full on-site assessment immediately on their arrival.
Weather conditions were forecast to be good in the coming days.
The Port of Algeciras is working in close coordination with the Gibraltar Port Authority. Tug Luz de Mar and SAR vessel Salvamar Denebola were at the location. Algeciras has also been authorized to deploy assets, including a Salvamento Maritimo helicopter, to undertake an aerial survey of the OS 35.
All port operations were suspended by the port Authority for around four hours late on August 29th. The Port fully reopened during the morning of August 30th.
The OS 35 was reported to have been carrying 183 tonnes of heavy fuel oil for its own consumption, alongside 250 tonnes of diesel and 27 tonnes of lube oil.
2014-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 105,975 gt Adam LNG is owned by Adam Maritime Transportation care of Oman Ship Management Co SAOC of Muscat, Oman. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Oman Ship Management Co SAOC.
1999-built, Tuvalu-flagged, 20,947 gt OS 35 is owned by Oldstone Cargo Ltd care of manager Oldstone Management Ltd of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with British Marine on behalf of Oldstone Cargo Ltd.