Tanker which collided with nuclear submarine HMS AMBUSH identified, probably damaged
The name and details of the vessel which collided with nuclear submarine HMS AMBUSH in Gibraltar Strait finally, became known. It’s not a bunkering tanker, as was assumed shortly after collision, it’s a product tanker ANDREAS, which was transiting Gibraltar Strait in western direction en route to Setubal Portugal, understood in full load. Tanker was said not to suffer any damages, and shortly after collision resumed sailing, arriving to Setubal on July 22. But according to AIS, tanker may sustain some damages, after all, because earlier her port of destination was identified as Rotterdam, ETA July 25, and changed with Setubal on arrival to Setubal. Cargo on board may be oil or oil products of Russian origin, vessel sailed from Russian port Tuapse on July 10. As of 1200 UTC July 23, tanker was anchored on Setubal anchorage, which may not be unusual, or may be understood as a required anchorage for damages survey.
British nuclear submarine HMS Ambush collided with bunkering tanker
July 21, 2016
British nuclear submarine HMS Ambush sustained damage to her conning tower after collision with a tanker, at around 1330 LT July 20 off Gibraltar, reportedly in international waters. Submarine was submerged and according to some sources, surfacing, when she collided with a merchant vessel. According to British Ministry of Defence, it was a glancing collision, leaving merchant vessel undamaged. HMS Ambush docked in Gibraltar just after 2100 LT, “the submarine suffered some external damage but there is absolutely no damage to her nuclear plant and no safety concerns”, said Ministry of Defence.
Name of merchant vessel wasn’t reveal, but according to local source, it was Gibraltar-based bunkering tanker, engaged in routine bunkering operation at sea.