Badly Damaged Car Carrier Enters Tyneside Yard for Repairs

The Panamanian-flagged car carrier City of Rotterdam, which was severely damaged during a recent collision when Storm Desmond hit, has reached the Tyneside repair yard in UK, owned by ship repair and conversion company A&P Group.

The 2011-built vessel sustained serious damage to its portside bow and will now undergo a 5-week programme of structural steel repairs before it returns to service with its operator Nissan Car Carrier at the end of January.

“We made a temporary repair to the damage at Immingham in order for her to be able to sail to the Tyne, now we’ve got a large undertaking as we use our problem solving capability and absolute attention to detail to return the City of Rotterdam back to service as soon as possible,” Darren Brown, managing director of A&P Group Tyne said.

The 5,000-tonne dwt Ro-Ro cargo ship collided with a DFDS-owned ferry Primula Seaways on December 3 in the Humber Estuary.

The incident is under investigation by UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).

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