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« on: December 03, 2016, 12:07:00 pm »

https://felixstowedocker.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/ship-stuck-on-sands-off-norfolk.html
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2016, 09:51:21 pm »

MUROS seems to be still there - did a tug actually go?
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2016, 09:53:11 am »

Hello Davidships,
There appears to be a small tus, RT Adriaan lying off in deeper water.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2016, 11:04:44 am »

Good.  Arrived from Europoort in the early hours and looks as if she may have a little while taking soundings in preparation for the tide - though that's coming up in the next half-hour, and she is lying about 300m off MUROS.

RT ADRIAAN may be small, but she packs 85 tonnes bollard pull.
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2561508


[midday - Cromer Lifboat now also in attendance]
[1230UTC - Cromer lifeboat returning to base - presumably took something out to RT ADRIAAN]
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2016, 12:18:18 pm »

Still aground
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:169083/imo:9397640/mmsi:225371000/vessel:MUROS
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2016, 03:28:57 pm »

What is tug RT Adriaan trying to do? It seems to be moving in an arc of constant radius centred on the bow of Muros, and facing away from the ship, which I interpret as being attached by a tow rope, and trying to pull the bow sideways to the SW into deeper water. But it is now low water, so if Muros did not move at high water, what is the point of pulling now? Perhaps it is just a convenient way to keep attached and wait for the next high.
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2016, 08:49:05 pm »

A lot more bollard pull needed to get a loaded 4,500 tons details ship of the Haisbro Sands. A bad place. The Muros' stern gear most likely damaged. So far lucky with the weather.
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2016, 12:00:18 am »

My guess is that since midday-ish she has been hooked up on a 450-metre line, ready to go if the ship lifts off (or on the top of the tide anyway).  And it has the advantage of being much easier to hold position during the long waiting hours with changing currents and tidal sets - compare the tracks before and after Sunday lunch (per Marinetraffic).
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2016, 04:54:11 pm »

According to this first attempts failed, and there were further discussions yesterday.
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/uncertainty_over_fate_of_stranded_cargo_ship_1_4804783

Now joined by Dutch survey boat GEMINI
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2016, 11:50:39 am »

Looks as if Gemini is surveying around. The ship will be settling in the sand by now, making it harder to pull her off without lightening and that would be difficult. If the weather deteriorates, they could be in big trouble.
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2016, 11:43:11 am »

More activity today:
  • Dutch/German multicat TORSTEN (IMO 9623142) arrived from Den Helder working close in on north side - she has 3m draught
  • LUX flag, Belgian owned GEO OCEAN II (IMO 7427166) now doing extensive surveying both sides of the sandbank
  • GEMINI at Lowestoft since last night

[later] RT ADRIAAN has now also gone round to the north side of the bank.

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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2016, 09:00:15 pm »

It will be the weekend before there are increasing heights of tides to give the tugs any real chance of getting her off. They need proper salvage tug(s).
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2016, 10:52:32 pm »

Just noticed that MUROS seems to have swung some degrees to stbd, but only in comparison with Monday, so not  sure when.  I suppose it could even be unwelcome settling in the sand.


[Thursday am] rotated a bit more overnight by RT ADRIAAN and TORSTEN. GEO OCEAN II still surveying
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« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2016, 12:21:42 am »

Refloated this evening and now heading in tow of RT ADRIAAN and escorted by TORSTEN innorthwesterly direction at +/-2kn.
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« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2016, 08:46:56 am »

Good for them getting her off. I see she is now stopped/anchored towards the Sheringham.
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