FLINTER AMERICA to be towed to Rotterdam
General cargo vessel FLINTER AMERICA reported engine failure and fire in engine room at around 1200 LT Jan 21 in English Canal, north of Guernsey, while ballasting to Rotterdam from Algeria. MRCC Jobourg sent salvage tug Abeille Liberte to assist disabled vessel, helicopter transferred to vessel rescue team with required materials. Fire was extinguished, but crew and rescuers failed to re start auxiliary mechanisms. Abeille Liberte assisted disabled freighter to reach Cherbourg anchorage, vessel was anchored in the evening Jan 21. At 0300 UTC Jan 22 vessel was still at anchor, reportedly tug will be contracted to tow vessel to Rotterdam.