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Dredger had ordnance on board
The 'Melina' had an ordnance on board approximately 10 miles south east of Selsey Bill on Feb 22, 2021. The Selsey RNLI crew were paged at 12.30 p.m. to assist the Royal Navy E.O.D. (Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team) whilst they were dealing with the ordnance which would involve evacuating the crew of the dredger to the safety of the lifeboat. The E.O.D arrived at 12.45 p.m. and were hoping to launch their rhib at the Selsey but this was not possible, so they went to Itchenor inside Chichester Harbour with the Selsey Coastguard team to launch. At 1.30 p.m. the lifeboats launched to rendezvous with the E.O.D. rhib but shortly after launching the visibility reduced dramatically so the Selsey Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) stayed close to station while the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) proceeded to Chichester harbour to meet and escort the Navy rhib which had limited navigation. The ALB and E.O.D. rhib headed towards the dredger and when passing close to Selsey were joined by the ILB with all boats arriving on scene with the dredger at 4.00 p.m. The E.O.D. team boarded the vessel and were shown to where the ordnance was located. After clearing the sand that was hiding most of the object they investigated and eventually declared it nonexplosive. The item was a 12” Solid Shot Projectile. The Officer in charge said it was a solid lump of lead that would be shot out of either a naval gun or shore battery WWII era. By this time, the fog had lifted and the ILB was released to return to station arriving back at 5. 15pm.The E.O.D. made the object ready to lower into their rhib to take ashore. At 5.45pm with darkness falling the ALB and Navy rhib departed the dredger with the projectile bound for Itchenor. The quay at Itchenor was reached at 7.08 p.m. and the E.O.D. prepared to recover their rhib. The ALB departed at 7.10 p.m to return to station. The station was reached at 8.04 p.m. and the ALB was recovered washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 10.00 p.m. Report with photos and video: https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2021/february/24/selsey-rnli-lifeboats-assist-royal-navy-eod-with-ordnance-dredged-off-selsey
In the morning of Sep 1, 2010, the repaired electro hydraulic propulsion of the "Mellina" reached Cuxhaven and was installed immediately in the New Fishing Harbour. The "Mellina" returned to its work on the Elbe on Sep 2.
The "Mellina" by Aug 24, 2010, remained berthed in the new fishing harbour of Cuxhaven for repairs to ist electro hydraulic propulsion on port which on Aug 22 had been removed by the crew and temporarily stored on the quaysideNews schreiben