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Old 2nd January 2008, 10:26
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Container Vessel LT CORTESIA aground in Dover Strait

MCA PRESS NOTICE 2 January 2008

CONTAINER VESSEL AGROUND IN DOVER STRAIT

A large container vessel ran aground in the Dover Strait this morning and Dover Coastguard has sent the Coastguard Emergency Towing Vessel, Anglian Monarch to render assistance and assess the situation.
At 5am Dover Coastguard were in contact with the German registered container vessel LT Cortesia after Coastguard radar monitoring of the traffic separation zone indicated she had come to a sudden stop close to the Varne Bank. The crew confirmed that the vessel had run aground on the Varne Bank.
The LT Cortesia is a large container vessel of 90,465 Gross Tonnes and was traveling through the Dover Strait in the South West bound lane from Thames Port on route to the Suez when she ran aground on the Varne Bank 9 miles South of Dover Harbour. 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. There is no reported pollution from the vessel.
The Coastguard Emergency Towing Vessel, Anglian Monarch is on scene to help evaluate any external damage to the vessel and assess the options for salvage of the vessel. 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.
The LT Cortesia is carrying 42,785 Tonnes of cargo in containers.
The tide is now falling and next high water is 6.33pm. Weather on scene is currently South South East force 4 but winds are forecast to strengthen later today to South East backing East 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.

Press releases and further information is available at www.mcga.gov.uk

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Thanks Ray, a most interesting one. She is 8,000 TEU, Fully Cellular Container, Built 2005 Built at Samsung H.I., Marshall Islands Flag, GL Classed, Length Overall of 334.00 m., Beam of 42.80 m., Gross Tonnage of 90,465, Sulzer Engine, Speed of 25.00 kts, Horsepower of 93,360 at 102rpm.
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Old 2nd January 2008, 11:35
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Thanks for that Tonga. Another pertinent question; who's she owned, managed & crewed by? After all the Varne Bank has been there for some considerable time and almost everyone manages to avoid it! Also, what price VTS??
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Old 2nd January 2008, 11:40
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Post Ship runs aground in Dover Strait (BBC News)

A German container vessel with 27 crew runs aground in the Dover Strait, off the coast of Kent.

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Geoff, Owners/Managers are: Conti Reederei, Wernher-von-Braun Strasse 10, 85640 Putzbrunn, Germany, URL: http://www.conti-online.de
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Old 2nd January 2008, 12:12
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Screenshot attached of her from AIS

Just a screenshot of area from AIS.
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Old 2nd January 2008, 12:50
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...also more here, more than 4000 containers currently on board.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/itn/2008010...dba1618_1.html
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As Tonga rightly says, current owners are Conti Reederei (or more correctly a K.G. fund managed by Conti). As with most of Conti's vessels, ship management is handled by NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsges. mbH & Co. K.G., Buxtehude. (www.reederei-nsb.com). She is currently on a long-term charter to Italia Marittima SpA, part of the Taiwanese Evergreen group, and operating on their China-Europe-Mediterranean Service (CEM).

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Noticed the AIS readout gives status as aground!
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Old 2nd January 2008, 13:59
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I wonder what speed she was doing on grounding? Imagine she'll have to be thoroughly inspected before continuing on passage - probably a dry docking. After the MSC Napoli event no one will want to take any chances. I hardly dare to ask if she had a pilot, have always thought that pilotage should be mandatory round the Dover Strait for ships over a certain size as the consequences of grounding or collision are now so severe.
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How deep is the furrow?

Tidal situation interesting. Using Folkestone data she went aground about 40 minutes before high water on 5.9M tide, 36 hours before neaps. The next HW at 1836 today is only 5.6M and the next HW that is greater than 5.9M is not till 0843 on Sat 5th when it will be 6.0M. LW is typically 2.1 M so she will settle firmly, and as she appears to have gone diagonally up the slope at a fair speed this settling may well be starting from an already fairly settled position.

In addition to CG Tug (Anglian Monarch?) standing by, Multratug 7 is approaching from the East at 13.3 knots, but if she is to be towed backwards in the near future out of the furrow she has probably dug it might need a lot more bollard pull on scene.

An interesting challenge, watch this space.

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Lt Cortesia, Speed.

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I wonder what speed she was doing on grounding? Imagine she'll have to be thoroughly inspected before continuing on passage - probably a dry docking. After the MSC Napoli event no one will want to take any chances. I hardly dare to ask if she had a pilot, have always thought that pilotage should be mandatory round the Dover Strait for ships over a certain size as the consequences of grounding or collision are now so severe.
TV news just stated that she was doing 20 knots. Out of interest what is the maximum tonnage of ships transiting Suez Canal.
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BBC news just stated she was doing 20 knots prior to grounding!!
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There is no maximum tonnage limit for ships transiting the Suez Canal. However, there is a maximum draft of around 16 m, which precludes the navigation of fully-laden VLCCs.

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Phil, well done and thank you for your excellent information.
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She dropped her Medway Pilot at the Sunk about 0130. These vessels do not carry a N Sea pilot unlike the Taiwanese manned Evergreens. Always a German Master, either European or Filipino officers.Her draft was 12.1 on sailing, German Flag now. These vessels can easily get up to 23Kts. Svitzer Victory and Adsteam Mercia en route.
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THV Alert apparently en route from Harwich, according to Harwich AIS.
Dover AIS showing casualty 'heading' 230, but briefly recently as 50 (!) and 185 degrees. Are these quirks of the system?

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anyone remember when texaco caribean ,brandenburg and nikki piled up on each other on the varne bank.I think they are still there
must have been in the seventies

yours jan
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THV Alert apparently en route from Harwich, according to Harwich AIS.
Dover AIS showing casualty 'heading' 230, but briefly recently as 50 (!) and 185 degrees. Are these quirks of the system?
These are quirks of the system. The triangular icon is simply a representation of the vessel. When the craft is making way AIS shows two lines "ahead" of the icon showing the "course over the ground" and "ship's head."

Stationary targets often appear to "rotate" round their position.
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Post Attempt under way to refloat ship (BBC News)

Coastguards are attempting to refloat a German container vessel which ran aground off the coast of Kent.

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Old 2nd January 2008, 19:58
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4 tugs now there - see attached ais jpeg

Three Tugs now in attendance and Coastguard tug


think she now off..
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AIS seems to indicate that they have got her off the Varne.

Snap John! You edited and I posted at the same time.
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Afloat again?

In haste at 1923

To stretch AIS to the limits of accuracy at low speed, the picture suggests she has moved astern some half mile and has briefly been in about ten metres more water. However the bow has swung about 90 degrees to port and the screw must be getting close to grounding again

Could see no sign of the Coastguard tug taking an active part in the towing, as briefed by the MCA spokesman Fred Caygill in the BBC news item in the newscaster's post #20 above

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Think you right, looks like she went astern a bit but now more broadside
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AIS seems to indicate that they have got her off the Varne.

Snap John! You edited and I posted at the same time.
Ha, ha....easy knowing the wife gone out here....

it looking better know and doing 2.9 knots...think they haved her
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