The storm on Feb 9 has caused damage to the wreck of the "Flinterstar". A large crane broke lose from its foundation and was hanging over the port side now. The tug "Zeehond" kept guarding the wreck.
A dump truck aboard the Captain Earl W. Windsor" fell into the water at Change Islands in the evening of Feb 8, 2016, while the ferry was unloading. The trouble started around 6 p.m., when the truck, loaded with sand for snow clearing, rolled off the ferry ramp onto the wharf. In this moment the ferry began drifting off the wharf, due to a loosely tied rope. Within moments, the truck was in the water, sinking between the wharf and the ferry. The truck driver managed to escape in the last second. The appropriate agencies have been notified. An investigation into the cause of the incident was underway.
The ferry was taken out of service for the remainder of the night. A contingency air service would be arranged if needed and weather permitting.
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The "Epsilon" was forced to take shelter off the U.K. coast enroute to Dublin as it faced heavy seas and winds blowing at up to Force 11 on Feb 9, 2016. The ferry with 110 passengers on board had to divert into safer waters off the north Devon coast. It could be delayed further depending on the outcome of storm Imogen. The passengers were being provided with meals.
The cargo of "Modern Express" would have ripped the hull if it in fact had shifted, first investigations revealed, so this cause, long cited as explanation of the heeling of the ship, could be excluded. But the conditions for access to the interior of the ship, which still heeled 45 degrees, remained difficult so there is limited information available at this time. The heavy construction machines were stored in hold two, the other eight were small devices with one or two tons weight, located between the bridges 5 and 7, on the main deck. It was thought that an error in ballasting or a free water surface inside a garage deck following a water ingress may have been the cause.
The crew of the "Modern Express", which probably holds the key to the investigation, quickly has left towards the Philippines, according to local media. Smit Salvage has begun to pump out water from the ship.