Ruptured Containership Towed to Danish Repair Yard

Image Courtesy: Defence Command Denmark

The 22,506 dwt containership Victoria is being towed for repairs at the Danish Fayard ship repair facility after it suffered a 50-meter-long hull rupture on February 10.

The vessel was damaged when it ran aground near Kalundborg due to strong winds at the site which reportedly pushed the ship outside the fairway.

It was ordered to drop anchor near the grounding site until a survey of the damage was undertaken. The weather at the site obstructed survey attempts, however, the divers managed to inspect the vessel discovering that the crack was 20 centimeters wide. Initial reports from Defence Command Denmark suggest that the rupture is some 9 meters below the water surface.

Although an unknown amount of oil was spilled at the site, the country’s naval forces are currently conducting clean-up operations and the environmental damage “is not as serious as first feared,” according to Defence Command Denmark.

At the time of the incident, the 178-meter-long Victoria was on its way from Antwerp, Belgium to Fredericia, Denmark.

According to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic, the ship is currently on its way to the repair dock where it is expected to around 1 pm local time.

World Maritime News Staff

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