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Repairs in Tuzla completed
The "Usichem", which had been disabled by a fire in the Mediterranean Sea 50 miles southeast off the eastern coast of Rhodes on Apr 19, has left the port of Tuzla, where it had been under repair since Apr 28, on Aug 2 and dropped anchor on the port's roads.
Tanker disabled after engine room fire
On Apr 19, 2017, a fire broke out in the engine room of the "Usichem" in the Mediterranean Sea 50 milessoutheast off the eastern coast of Rhodes. The master reported to the Greek Coastguard and the MRCC that the fire was extinguished, but his vessel disabled and adrift. The crew of 17 was trying to fix the engine and resume sailing. A patrol boat and a lifeguard sailed to the area immediately. A Super Puma helicopter took off, and two additional ships were asked to provide assistance if required. Winds on scene were blowing with four beaufort. At 1 p.m. the tanker was still drifting in vicinity 35 50N 028 50E. A tug was expected on scene on Apr 20 and tow the ship to Rhodes. It was loaded with 5900 tons of sunflower oil and was en route from Istanbul to Sudan.
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