Cable barge AMT Explorer with euro 28 mil cable on board capsized in Med
Cable barge AMT Explorer capsized and probably sank in Mediterranean sea some 50 miles southwest of Sardinia island southern tip on July 3, while towed, reportedly, by a tug Red Husky. Barge was en route from Naples cable factory to Bremerhaven, with cable worth euro 28 million, which was to connect wind farms in North Sea offshore. Barge crew is safe. Smit Salvage contracted for salvage works, with hope of recovering either both barge and cable, or at least cable. Cable is produced by cable manufacturer Prysmian.
Barge AMT Explorer, IMO 8405892, dwt 13980, length 92 meters, breadth 31 meters, built 1984, flag Malta, manager Augustea Anchor Marine Transportation.