Bulk carrier sank after 1.5-month long towage
Bulk carrier SHENG MING reportedly sank on May 28 some 180 nm west of Cape Town, after being towed around in legs for more than a month. Bulk carrier was under tow to Cape Town after she was disabled by water ingress in engine room, towage stopped some 40 nm off Cape Town, until May 23 she was towed around, on May 23 towage turned west. Probably, she was towed as far offshore as possible to avoid pollution, but still, her sinking is a mystery. Why couldn’t she be salvaged? Maybe the ship was doomed because of oncoming rough weather, and salvors decided to take her out to ocean as far as possible?
Bulk carrier with flooded engine room in trouble off Cape Town
Apr 27: Bulk carrier SHENG MING loaded with iron ore is in troubled off Cape Town, where she was towed by tug after her engine room was flooded. Reportedly the ship loaded her cargo at Pepel Transshipment Area Sierra Leone, she sailed from Pepel on Mar 30, bound for Port Elizabeth, South Africa, ETA Apr 17. She was disabled on Apr 12 being off Namibia coast, details of accident unknown. On Apr 14 she was taken on tow to be towed to Cape Town. On Apr 24 when being some 40 nm north of Cape Town, towage stopped, not clear why, as of 0200 YTC Apr 27 there were two tugs near distressed bulk carrier, SA AMANDLA and MAERSK TENDER. Probably condition of bulk carrier deteriorated, and she isn’t allowed to be taken to Cape Town or its’ anchorage.
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