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« on: August 12, 2007, 09:50:11 am »

Emergency Maritime Operation underway after cargo ship collides with tanker at Europa Point

gibfocus - 12th August 2007
(2007-08-12 11:19:00 )
http://www.gibfocus.gi/details_headlines.php?id=1646

A full scale contingency emergency Maritime operation is currently underway less than one mile off Europa Point after a Cargo ship collided with a Petrol Tanker at 6.30 this morning, leading to at least five of its crew members being taken to St Bernard’s hospital.

The Cargo ship carrying scrap metal is described as being stable at present, with observers at the scene reporting that the front of the ship is being help up by the sea bed and the back by three tug boats.

All crew members have been evacuated from the vessel and a maritime expert is said to be currently on board.

The Spanish Salvanento coast guard are assisting in the operation with helicopters at the incident assessing the situation and assisting Gibraltar authorities.

Minister Holliday has been at the scene this morning and has called an Emergency Contingency Meeting in Gibraltar.

It is believed that the Petrol Tanker has sustained minimal damage and sailed earlier to Algeciras.

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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2007, 10:19:04 am »

According to the position at Aislive.com of the Spanish rescue boats & tug seems like vessels involved are the bulker NEW FLAME and the tanker TORM GERTRUD.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2007, 10:24:33 am »

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According to the position at Aislive.com of the Spanish rescue boats & tug seems like vessels involved are the bulker NEW FLAME and the tanker TORM GERTRUD.


Hi Jose

Well done for picking both out from the mass of shipping passing through the Straights of Gibralter  :-)

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2007, 10:50:26 am »

Hi All

Latest on this incident from http://www.gibfocus.gi/details_headlines.php?id=1647

gibfocus - 12th August 2007
(2007-08-12 11:51:00 )

UPDATE - Cargo ship can be salvaged but is in environmental interest zone

The two vessels involved in a collision at Europa Point this morning have been named as a Panamanian cargo ship ‘New Flame’ and Danish petrol tanker ‘Torn Gertrude’.

Maritime experts spoken to by gibfocus at Europa Point following the collision have expressed the belief that the vessel can be salvaged due to the fact that it is stable and touching the sea bed. They have also commented that it is likely that the ship’s fuel can be extracted.

The cargo ship’s tanks are believed to be full having received bunkers before leaving Gibraltar earlier.

Full emergency contingency plans have been put in place now by the Spanish authorities to help in the operation to prevent the ship from sinking.

Eric Shaw from the Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society has been at the scene this morning, and has expressed concern in regards to the environmental impact of the incident which is in an environmental interest zone.

He has also questioned why it seemed that no-one was able to control the traffic in the Bay to avoid the collision. This follows reports that the vessel had just left Gibraltar while the petrol tanker it collided with was heading towards Algeciras.

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2007, 10:58:16 am »

Many thanks Steve,

For your info according to Aislive.com Spanish rescue boats & tug in the area are SALVAMAR ALGECIRAS, SALVAMAR ALKAID and MIGUEL DE CERVANTES

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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2007, 11:23:57 am »

Hi All

There is a photograph of one of the sinking ships @
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2007, 12:51:36 pm »

Here a larger picture from the scene
http://www.elpais.com/articulo/espana/petrolero/choca/chatarrero/Algeciras/elpepuesp/20070812elpepunac_4/Tes

Must be this ship.  
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=473261
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2007, 02:05:29 pm »

Here are the pictures taken by Gibdan to the "New Flame" in the spanish forum www.fotosdebarcos.com
http://www.fotosdebarcos.com/viewtopic.php?t=11494&highlight=
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2007, 04:54:28 pm »

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Here are the pictures taken by Gibdan to the "New Flame" in the spanish forum www.fotosdebarcos.com
http://www.fotosdebarcos.com/viewtopic.php?t=11494&highlight=


Hi Manuel

Great photograph - lucky there was sand bank to rest on  :-o

Cannot find anything on the TORN GERTRUDE - anyone have any information on what is being descibed by the media as a Danish Petrol Tanker?

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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2007, 05:14:18 pm »

According to Aislive.com TORM GERTRUD is well inside Algeciras Bay now
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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2007, 05:16:21 pm »

I have read quite a few media articles, all of which claim she is a Danish Petrol Tanker. She must be. What other information you need?
Equasis doesnt regonised the ship at all.
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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2007, 05:27:27 pm »

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According to Aislive.com TORM GERTRUD is well inside Algeciras Bay now


Hi José

Thanks fr confirming the correct spelling of her name - IMO is 9240885 and Zappa has a photograph of her @
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=98180

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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2007, 05:51:46 pm »

Hi all,

A short video of both vessels can be seen here

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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2007, 07:19:18 pm »

Torm is an old well established danish shipping company.

Here is a link to the companys own description of the ship.

http://www.torm.dk/internet/front.nsf/vDOC/8996DD33F24782D8C1256DC0004FBE85?OpenDocument.

Do anybody know anything about the other ship and its owners?


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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2007, 07:42:48 pm »

Seems like she was bought by Transmar, a Greek company, in 2005. Look at this and scroll down

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