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« on: January 02, 2008, 10:12:39 am »

I just heard on the BBC radio news (10:)) GMT) that a large container ship has gone aground off Dover.
No other details were given, other than the fact that the ship is "over 90,000 tons).
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2008, 10:21:34 am »

It's the german containership "LT Cortesia"

http://containerinfo.co.ohost.de/vessel_9293753.html

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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2008, 10:22:32 am »

Hi Kevin

Yes I heard the same - BBC Radio 4.

This from http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601102&sid=aDP7Ck1.Z4_w&refer=uk

Container Ship LT Cortesia Runs Aground in U.K.'s Dover Strait

By Alaric Nightingale

Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- A container ship ran aground in the Dover Strait, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, the U.K.'s Maritime & Coastguard agency said.

The LT Cortesia grounded about 9 miles south of Dover Harbor, the agency said today on its Web site. There has been no pollution and ``early indications'' are that the vessel is watertight, the agency said.

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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2008, 10:56:29 am »

Also this bit of news on the BBC website
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/7167666.stm

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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2008, 11:00:18 am »

LONDON (AFP) - A large container ship ran aground in the English Channel south of Dover on Wednesday, but all on board were safe and there were no reports of pollution, coastguards said.

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The German-registered "LT Cortesia" became stuck on the Varne-bank, a large underwater sand bank about nine miles south of the port, said the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The 90,000-tonne vessel was travelling from the Thames estuary westbound towards the Atlantic Ocean when it ran aground around 5:00 am, it said in a statement.

"The vessel has 27 people on board who are all uninjured. Crew members are checking for damage on board but the cargo is reported to be secure and early indications are that the vessel is watertight," said the agency.

The English Channel is among the busiest shipping lanes in the world, and the stretch near Dover is its narrowest point, where traffic from the North Sea and the Atlantic squeezes through between England and France.

There was no reported pollution from the stricken vessel, the English coastguard adding that an emergency tug, the "Anglian Monarch," was on the scene to assess the damage and possibilities for salvaging the ship.

"Dover Coastguard and the Anglian Monarch will warn any approaching vessels of the potential navigation hazard posed by the LT Cortesia while she is aground," it said.

The container ship is carrying 42,785 tonnes of cargo, the agency added.

Efforts to pull the ship off of the underwater sandbank were initially working against a falling tide. The next high water was expected by early evening, around 1830 GMT.

Winds on the scene were reported as Force 4, a light breeze during the morning, but were expected to strengthen with gale-force winds possible later in the day, coastguards said.
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2008, 11:08:40 am »

The reports say that there is no visible pollution, so that seems good for now! At least it will not have a re - lapse of the MSC Napoli, with the oil and the containers washing away!
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2008, 11:09:26 am »

It is all very well knowing the ship is watertight and there is no pollution.
However, it seems the ship ran aground on a well charted bank at high tide.
Now that might make it interesting when it comes to re-floating it.
Perhaps someone got confused and went between the buoys the wrong way; green to starboard and red to port.
The bit between those two buoys can be as shallow as 3 metres!
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2008, 11:20:30 am »

Presumably a investigation will take place?
Will someone be put on trial?
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2008, 11:59:05 am »

AIS showing LT CORTESIA aground on VARNE BANK where a lightship stands "guard".  ADSTEAM MERCIA showing on AIS steaming down the Thames to assist the Coastguard Tug. Sent from my lap-top at a freezing Sheerness. Rgds j.w.
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2008, 12:34:29 pm »

The coastguard's emergency towing tug "Anglian Monarch" is in attendance and warning other vessels of the hazard.

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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2008, 01:39:55 pm »

Hi All

Piece of video of the stricken vessel @ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/7167666.stm

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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2008, 04:49:46 pm »

Wow! Loads bigger than i thought!
Bigger than the MSC Napoli?
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2008, 04:57:48 pm »

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Wow! Loads bigger than i thought!
Bigger than the MSC Napoli?
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Hi Nathan

Sure is  :-o

LT Cortesia - 90,449 Gross Tons
MSC Napoli - 53,408 Gross Tons

Listening to the radio tonight the MCA are saying that tonights tide is the highest for a while so if it isn't re floated then it may well end up a lot more serious than it is at the moment. Some high winds are due in the English Channel tonight and over the next few days.

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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2008, 05:01:51 pm »

I dont think she will float, that video said she was going at quite a pace! She has probably drilled her way into the sand bank, and with the low tide, her DWT has probably forced her further! There going to need more than a coastgaurd tug!
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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2008, 05:06:45 pm »

Nathan / Steve,

A few more stats:

MSC Napoli: 4,419 TEU vessel carrying 2,318 containers
LT Cortesia: 8,073 TEU vessel carrying 4,148 containers

Double trouble.....(almost)

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