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The 'Rhodanus', en route from Rotterdam, to Gijon, suffered a main engine overheating and issues with the pump, in position 50 25 33.6 N, 000 36 39 W, on Jan 16, 2020 at 07.30 a.m. The crew requested two hours to effect repairs and test the engine. Subsequently, pump parts were installed, and engine trials were successful. The 'Rhodanus' resumed its voyage in the foremidday hours with an ETA as of Jan 19.
Freighter under tow to Fos-sur-Mer
The 'Rhodanus' has left its anchorage after completion of surveys and was being towed by the French tug 'VB Fos' (IMO:9483657), which had been called from Bonifacio on Oct 18. The convoy being destined to Fos-sur-Mer on Oct 20 with an ETA as of Oct 22, 6 a.m.. The French emergency tug 'Abeille Flandre' (IMO: 7710513), was escorting the ships on their way. On Oct 29 the 'Rhodanus' was underway to Yalova where she arrived on Nov 5 at 5.30 a.m. She left the port again on Nov 28 at 4.45 p.m. and headed to Istanbul as first port of call after repairs of 24 days, where it arrived at 6.30 pm. and headed to Damietta on Nov 30.
The 'Rhodanus' was refloated at Cala Longa on Oct 18 at noon after the salvage plan was approved by the Mediterranean Maritime Prefect in the night of Oct 17. After draining of the fuel and dropping of the anchor, the ship was salavged by the 'Jason' jointly with the towed port tug 'Persevero' from Sant'Amanza. The ship was moored in pos. 41° 25.39' N 009° 14.36' E where the RINA classification company started conducting a post-shipment inspection of the ship, relying in particular on the National Navy's diving aid. The transit of the ship to a French port was now subject of the recommendations that will be made by RINA. This transit will also be the subject of a plan proposed by SMIT Salvage and validated by the Mediterranean Maritime Prefect. French reports with photos: https://www.premar-mediterranee.gouv.fr/communiques-presse/desechouement-du-cargo-rhodanus-suite https://www.premar-mediterranee.gouv.fr/communiques-presse/desechouement-du-cargo-rhodanusNews schreiben