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Old 21st July 2005, 23:28
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Smudger. Firstly welcome aboard. Secondly your description and explanation above is very enlightening to us that are not familiar with the particular ship/ferry, yet have a working knowledge of ship handling and the best way to prevent the worst happening in such circumstances. Operational organisation was found wanting at a critical time.
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Old 22nd July 2005, 08:38
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Southampton docks

The story of Savannah Express was missed in my part of the world.
Can R58484956 tell me which ship she hit and what damage was done to both ships.
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Old 22nd July 2005, 18:00
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In the early 1960s Hawthorn Leslie had launched a ship in the traditional manner, using drag chains to turn and halt her in mid-river. The chains were released when the tugs had the ship under control. A few days later, having posted the usual notice to navigators, the riggers were recovering the drag chains. We had a steel punt with a swan neck at one end and a boiler, steam winch and a mast flying a red flag at the other. The yard launch towed the punt trailing a grappling iron until they located one of the launch chains, it was then hauled on board and stowed on the deck of the punt. Once the chain was starting to come on deck, the punt was not going to go anywhere until the chain was off the river bed, so the launch was secured to the punt and its crew assisted in the heavy work of stowing the chain.

Half way through a lift the riggers realised that a coaster, the Leicesterbrook was heading down the Tyne straight towards them. The boys decided to jump into the launch and get out of the way!

An officer came out of the wheelhouse with a mug of tea in his hand glanced ahead and saw the trouble he was in. The Leicesterbrook crew was galvinised into frantic action, men running in all directions. The rudder started to go towards hard a port and she began to turn and struck the punt at a slight angle, which had the effect of increasing her rate of turn and she was now heading towards the PAMATRADA quay.

The Leicesterbrook's engine stopped, then went into full astern. She went about six feet into the wooden quay, just as the crew dropped both anchors into the quay heading. The crew stopped the anchor chains. Then with the engines still in full astern she pulled back into the river, bringing a great deal of timber with her.

Dropping an anchor is not always a good idea.

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Old 22nd July 2005, 19:10
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Savannah Express,only a quick mention of the ship she hit was mentioned on radio, which I missed,and no other time was it mentioned on radio or printed form.She wrecked a gangway with which they load/unload cars from the car carriers
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Old 22nd July 2005, 20:03
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fred henderson, you have written a most descriptive bit of prose, I was with you all the way, absolutely great. Anchors - dropping of - not always the answer, but nearly always in a critical situation !
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Old 22nd July 2005, 20:43
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Thanks Mike. The system will not allow me to quote the comments made at the time, especially when the owners of the Leicesterbrook (Combden Longstaff) claimed it was all the shipyard's fault for leaving an unattended punt in the middle of the river.

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Old 25th July 2005, 05:41
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Update to the Savannah Express saga.

I have gleamed this information from another web site concerning the difficulties Savannah Express experienced docking at Southampton.
She had earlier lost power at anchor.
She did if fact drop anchor as she lost power, just before berthing.
Hit a car loading ramp and the ferry Bergen Castle(chartered to Red Funnel to stand in for Red Osprey and Eagle, away for maintenance/work) .
No significant damage caused. Savannah Express required attention to her engines before she departed.
(thanks to "daywalker" for the details).
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Old 25th July 2005, 11:28
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Recent press statement
"Brand new boxship battered
Hapag-Lloyd’s 8,400-teu chartered newbuilding Savannah Express will need repairs to its engine after colliding with a ferry and a links span at Southampton.
The vessel, owned by Nordddeutsche Reederei, was entering the port on Tuesday, escorted by two tugs, when it lost its main engine power and was unable to go astern.
The $83m Daewoo newbuilding then collided with the unnamed ferry and the ramp which allows vehicles to board the passengership, the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.
The span was extensively damaged and there was some superficial damage to both vessels, but no pollution resulted.
An MCA surveyor has inspected the vessel and ordered it to investigate the problem and make repairs ready to set sail on Thursday.
A service engineer has now been called to the vessel and has started work. All repairs will be overseen by the class society, Germanischer Lloyd."
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