Loss of CP VALOUR ex DART BRITAIN (Merged Threads)

11th December 2005, 18:48
Hello to all.

The topic says it all, she went aground on Friday afternoon on a bay in Faial Island, the Portuguese authorities are working together with CP Ships in order to free her during the high tide.

There was a minor spill of oil from the ruptured bottom tanks but the authorities have it under control and surveillance.

A little information ( in Portuguese only )

Best regards from Lisbon,
Paulo Mestre

11th December 2005, 18:58

Here seen in better conditions:

John Cassels
11th December 2005, 19:25
Can you rework the photo so that the CAST containers are removed.

Such a shame to see my old containers sullied by such a ship.


11th December 2005, 19:48
Can you rework the photo so that the CAST containers are removed.

Such a shame to see my old containers sullied by such a ship.

JCAhoy John,
So better?(*))

11th December 2005, 19:51
Ahoy John,

I take it you won't be shedding any tears over her grounding?

John Cassels
12th December 2005, 07:57
Thanks Ruud. Puts my heart at rest.


12th December 2005, 10:25
RUUD = Marvelous

12th December 2005, 12:56
Hello to all.

According to the latest news, it is now underway an attempt to set the CP VALOUR free at the high tide, using the tug FOTIY KRYLOV of Tsavliris Salvage ( watch for the spelling error of the tug name by the reporters of the State-owned television channel):

Link to the Publico newspaper

Info on the FOTIY KRYLOV:

Included is a tiny little view of the ship aground in Ribeira das Cabras bay.

Best regards from Lisbon,
Paulo Mestre

12th December 2005, 13:29
Using the same website as above www.mmass etc go to news and views june 2005 and see possibly the most ugly looking craft around "Ulstein ax104"

david smith
12th December 2005, 19:49
Don't knock these ships - the Dart Britain was a well built ship - and the high class of steel meant she was a clean ship on deck. American built they were built for a purpose, and still going after 26 years. Shame

12th December 2005, 23:11
I agree with Dave I sailed frequently on the Dart Atlantica which may even have been the Britain, I can't remember. She was one of the best ships I sailed on in my 10 years at sea. She was clean, fast and a pleasure to sail on.
Okay she maybe not the most attractive looking ship but what container ship is compared to the old tramp ships.
I also agree with JC the ship looks alot better without the cast containers.They were better carried by the Glasgow Greeks.

13th December 2005, 08:41

Here some nice shots,she did lost "some oil"





14th December 2005, 12:11
Hello to all.

The latest casualty report from Lloyd's List:

Wednesday December 14 2005

Ponta Delgada, Dec 12 -- C.c. CP Valour is still aground. Tug Fotiy Krylov assisted by harbour tugs Ilha de Sao Luis and Sao Miguel are on scene. Attempts to refloat the vessel in course under the present adverse weather conditions. All 21 crew members remaining on board the vessel. Oil spots at sea are clearly visible in the vicinity of the vessel. -- Lloyd's Agents. (See issue of Dec 13.)

I wonder how much time she will endure without breaking her back or suffer significant damage.

Best regards from Lisbon,
Paulo Mestre

14th December 2005, 17:13
bet you saw these "Cast Boats" with ice covering them on arrival in Montreal. Who ever had the bright idea that Quebec City and Montreal should be 12 months a year ports should have been made to sail in the "gulf" in winter with -40c and heavy ice. Miserable place and I was deset several times hoping a "Cast Boat" would take a run past us and releive the pressure ridge.

14th December 2005, 17:45
Hello to all.

There was a minor spill of oil from the ruptured bottom tanks but the authorities have it under control and surveillance.

Best regards from Lisbon,
Paulo MestreAhoy,
Under control? I would say: "get the hell out from this ship"
A typical press/authorities interpretation,always well inform you.:@

http://www.shipspotting.com/modules....php?lid=152233 (http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=152233)

david smith
14th December 2005, 17:47
You are right - we used to assist on the Manchester Challenge when in ice but the Canadian Explorer was a more powerful ship in ice. The Canmar Valour is a lot smaller ship, and not designed for ice.

7th January 2006, 06:29
Container ship CP Valour has been declared a total loss following her grounding in the Azores on 9 December 2005. She was en route from Montreal to Valencia when she grounded whilst attempting to berth at Faial to undertake main engine repairs.

I sailed on her sister ship Seatrain Saratoga when she was new and she is still trading as CP Glory. I also note from the Photo Gallery that firey sailed on another of her sister ships, Dart Atlantica, originally Seatrain Chesapeake and still trading as CP Victory.

Extracted from Bermuda FM

“Despite unfavourable weather and sea swells which at times have been more than four metres, all IMO-classified hazardous cargo has now been removed from CP Valour following its grounding in the Azores on 9th December.
None of the crew of 21 suffered injury as a result of the grounding.
Salvage efforts have been underway since shortly after the grounding but have been repeatedly thwarted by adverse sea conditions which are causing increasing damage to the ship.
Representatives of CP Ships Marine Operations arrived on site as soon as possible after the grounding to liaise with local authorities and assist the salvage efforts.
Several attempts to re-float CP Valour were not successful and because of the current state of damage to the ship, no further attempt to re-float will be undertaken. This has been discussed and agreed with local authorities. Next steps in terms of removal of the cargo and of the ship itself are under consideration.
At the time of the grounding, the ship had about 1,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and 140 tonnes of diesel oil on board as well as a small quantity of lubricating and hydraulic oil and paint. All accessible fuel oil that could be pumped has been removed as well as all lubricants, paints, chemicals and engine oils.
With the removal of these materials and the hazardous-classified cargo, the threat to the local environment has been significantly reduced.
A limited amount of bunker and diesel fuel has been spilled since the grounding. Local pollution mitigation specialists have removed most of the fuel that washed ashore.
CP Valour was en route from Montreal to Valencia carrying 525 containers and was heading into safe anchorage when it grounded off the coast of the Azorean island of Faial.”


Previous Names:

Seatrain Oriskany 1979
Seapac Oriskany 1981
Dart Britain 1981
Taiwan Senator 1987
OOCL Assurance 1990
Canmar Valour 1997
CP Valour 2005

Owner: CP Ships
Manager: Split Ship Management
Year built/Builder: 1979 by Namura Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Imari.
Flag: Bermuda
Classification: Det Norske Veritas 1A1 ICE-C
Capacity: 1000 teu (nominal)
Service speed: 18.5 knots
Length overall: 177 metres
Breadth: 27 metres
Gross registered tonnage: 15,145
Deadweight tonnage: 18,687
Draught: 10 metres
Crew: 21 on average
Port rotation: Montreal, Valencia, Cadiz, Livorno, Lisbon, Montreal

david smith
7th January 2006, 09:20
I sailed on her when she was the Dart Britain, my last trips as 2/0.
Sad to see her in such a predicament. Question is why ground like that and still have the anchors in the hawse pipes. Very clean, functional ship constructed in Japan of high quality steel.

david smith
24th August 2006, 11:28
The Accident report on the grounding and loss of the CP Valour in the Azores has been published - interesting reading!


24th August 2006, 13:07
All CP Valour ex Dart Britain threads merged. (Thumb)