The righting and docking of sunken livestock carrier Queen Hind (IMO 7920675), which capsized in the Black Sea off Romania last November, has been completed, reported local marine services firm Group Servici Petoliere (GSP).
The Queen Hind turned onto her side shortly after leaving the Romanian port of Midia when en route to Saudi Arabia. Although the entire crew, most of them Syrians, were rescued, only 180 of the estimated 14,000 sheep on board survived.
Normal operations have resumed in Midia Harbour following a “tireless human and technical effort” to refloat the vessel, said GSP president and CEO Gabriel Comănescu,
GSP said it was now working on the second phase of the salvage project, which included the removal of thousands of sheep below deck. “The mission to free the Queen Hind of the biological load, in 100% safe conditions for the personnel as well as for the environment, will be developed in close collaboration with local and national authorities,” GSP said.
1980-built, Palau-flagged, 3,785 gt Queen Hind is owned by Astra Marine Services Ltd care of manager MGM Marine Shipping SRL of Constanta, Romania.