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Ship carrying boats listing and abandoned in the Norwegian Sea

Alicatt

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Cargo shifted and the ship is listing by 30° one deckhand was injured Most of the crew were winched off leaving the captain and 4 crew but later they were also taken off.
There is water flooding in the hold after the load shifted in the 15m sea, as you say the ship is on autopilot and they are looking into a plan to rescue her.

It was a set of thrusters in the cargo hold that shifted and impacted the side of the ship and from that it's letting in water.
 

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Interesting. The Goggle translation isn't great, but it seems that some cargo shifted, induced a 30 degree list, and some crew were lifted off. Nasty sea conditions.
 

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Norwegian news is reporting that she is drifting unmanned and has lost part of her deck cargo (which include a sailboat, a motorboat and several small commercial craft) a naval vessel is standing by.
 

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The latest videos show it rolling to starboard and almost washing the deck which must be about 7 metres above the waterline. Seas still look rough. Her track has changed from 058 to 105, but still moving at a couple of knots. So now she is drifting slowly towards the land where the previous course was along the coast. The AQS boat dos not have AIS switched on, so cannot be tracked. According to Windy the wind is 35 to 40 knots from the N to NNE.

There is a Belgium tug Princess heading in the general direction at 5.3 knots and is currently 68 nautical miles away.
 
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These little heavy lift ships are quite numerous. She will have a single box shaped hold with pontoon ‘tween deck hatches which can be arranged in various ways, and many securing points.

The main engine and generators will have cut out as soon as the heel angle reached 20 degrees.

She is heeling mainly because of the free surface effect of the water in her hold, which started to get in when the thrusters carried under deck parted their lashings and punched a hole in the side shell plating.

The usual approach will be to get a party aboard the derelict, get a light line to them, try to follow that with a messenger (you can see the problem - no power on the casualty - no power to her winches - no means of heaving in the messenger - one trick here is to take a light messenger round a heavy block and back to the tug, so as she steams away she hauls up the heavy messenger and then hauls the towing connection in). The towing connection can be prepared with wire tails to turn up on the casualty’s bitts.

Assuming all goes well the tug gets the casualty head to wind, to limit the rolling, and you try to get portable pumps and portable generators aboard the casualty. If you can do that then you try to get water out of the hold and that will eventually bring her more upright.

At that point you try to make for shelter. A port may refuse her(*) until she is upright and you have got a patch on the hole.

Of course, she may decide to sink before you have got this lot done. In which case the boarding party will have to step off smartly, and you have no cure, so no pay.

(*) but not in the UK because we have the SoSRep system.
 
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The main engine and generators will have cut out as soon as the heel angle reached 20 degrees.

She is heeling mainly because of the free surface effect of the water in her hold, which started to get in when the thrusters carried under deck parted their lashings and punched a hole in the side shell plating.

The usual approach will be to get a party aboard the derelict, get a light line to them, try to follow that with a messenger (you can see the problem - no power on the casualty - no power to her winches - no means of heaving in the messenger - one trick here is to take a light messenger round a heavy block and back to the tug, so as she steams away she hauls up the heavy messenger and then hauls the towing connection in). The towing connection can be prepared with wire tails to turn up on the casualty’s bitts.

Assuming all goes well the tug gets the casualty head to wind and you try to get portable pumps and portable generators aboard the casualty. If you can do that then you try to get water out of the hold and that will eventually bring her more upright.

At that point you try to make for shelter. A port may refuse her(*) until she is upright and you have got a patch on the hole.

Of course, she may decide to sink before you have got this lot done. In which case the boarding party will have to step off smartly, and you gave no cure, so no pay.
Lots of "ifs" there...
 
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