Excellent had requested help of tugs ahead of Barcelona port crash

Passenger/Cargo RoRo Excellent (IMO 9143441), which crashed into the Terminal de Contenedores at the port of Barcelona early on October 31st (see yesterday’s Insurance Marine News) had entered the port under pilot’s assistance to pick up passengers and vehicles and then continue her journey from Genoa to Tangier.

The captain had requested the help of tugs because strong winds made the required turning manoeuvre difficult. The starboard side bow was pushed into the South Pier and hit a gantry crane of the APM container terminal. The gantry crane fell landwards onto the quay causing a fire to break out in a group of containers reported loaded with drums containing flammable material.

Thick plumes of smoke were blown across the harbour. The Port of Barcelona activated the evacuation protocol and the municipal emergency team and several ambulances of the Emergency Medical System (SEM) The Salvamar Mintaka was.

By 11:00, three hours after the initial incident, Barcelona firefighters gained control of the fire and started cooling down the containers in the area. The Municipal Action Plan for Chemical Hazard (Plaseqcat) was activated.

One of the containers was said to contain corrosive products.

The ship had 400 passengers on board at the time. She suffered damage to the bulbous bow. However, she left the port that evening, bound for Tangiers.

1998-built, Italy-flagged, 39,777 gt Excellent is owned and managed by Grande Navi Veloci SpA of Genoa, Italy. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (European syndicate) on behalf of Grandi Navi Veloci SpA.

Video of incident at:

https://www.lavanguardia.com/local/barcelona/20181031/452665425747/incendio-puerto-de-barcelona-grua-ferry-excellent-video-seo-lv.html