Ships accidents Aug 17 Updates

Bulk carrier CHESHIRE still on fire; Bulk carrier CLIA still aground; Trawler FIN WHALE fire extinguished.

Bulk carrier CHESHIRE fire
As of 0530 UTC Aug 17, CHESHIRE was drifting in vicinity 26 30N 017 05W, 120 nm southwest of Maspalomas, sothern tip of Gran Canaria. Salvage tug RED SEA FOS (IMO:8102529) and Spanish SAR tug PUNTA SALINAS are positioned nearby, with RED SEA FOS being contracted for salvage, PUNTA SALINAS monitoring situation. RED SEA FOS delivered 7 technicians, who were to board CHESHIRE and assess the situation.

Bulk carrier CLIA grounding, Taiwan
As of 0530 UTC Aug 17, capesize bulk carrier was still aground, with salvage tug SALVAGE CHAMPION (IMO 7530444) at her side. No hull breach or leak reported so far, ship is resting on a sandy bottom. Taiwan Maritime Authorities, however, underlined the necessity of refloating CLIA soonest possible, fearing hull cracks. It’s a typhoon season, and if new typhoon strikes Taiwan while CLIA is still aground, consequences may be disastrous.

Trawler FIN WHALE fire, Las Palmas
Fire was declared extinguished early in the morning Aug 16, after three days of firefighting. Scale of damages unknown at present.

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