General information

IMO:
9130937
MMSI:
247594000
Callsign:
IBPG
Width:
32.0 m
Length:
214.0 m
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Cargo Ship
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Italy
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Course/Position

Position:
Navigational status:
Moving
Course:
209.3° / 0.0
Heading:
218.0° / 0.0
Speed:
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Status:
moving
Area:
NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
Last seen:
11 days ago
Source:
T-AIS
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Last update:
12 days ago
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Latest ports

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Arrival
Departure
Duration
2019-03-07
2019-03-08
1d 1h 32m
2019-02-28
2019-03-05
5d 6h 12m
2019-02-22
2019-02-23
20h 8m
2019-02-16
2019-02-17
1d 6h 23m
2019-02-06
2019-02-06
8h 18m
Brazil
2019-02-04
2019-02-05
22h 54m
Uruguay
2019-02-01
2019-02-01
17h 7m
Argentina
2019-01-28
2019-01-31
2d 2h 35m
Brazil
2019-01-22
2019-01-23
18h 24m
Brazil
2019-01-17
2019-01-18
11h 55m
Note: All times are in UTC

Latest news

Weather condition allowed oil removal and recovery work

Wed Mar 20 09:41:22 CET 2019 Timsen

On March 19 weather conditions at the sinking site of the "Grande America" were significantly better than the previous days and have allowed the implementation of a comprehensive pollution control system. The Spanish tugs "Alonso de Chaves" and "Maria de Maetzu", and the "VN Partisan" associated with the tug "TSM Kermor" worked continuously on the initial pollution emitted by the ship on the day of its sinking. The slick consistedof clusters of heavy fuel oil scattered on the surface. Also the "Argonaute", "VN Sapeur", "Rhône" and the "Ria de Vigo" were committed. Offshore dams have been deployed, using trawl techniques to confine the pollutants and then pump it aboard the pollution control vessels. The improvement of the sea state made it possible to make a better aerial observation of the pollution. Several maritime surveillance flights were conducted by Navy aircraft (Falcon 50, Atlantic 2, Cayman and Dauphin helicopters) and an aircraft from Finist'air, chartered by the shipowner. The flights enabled the relocation of five containers and two inflatable rafts. These positions were forwarded to the shipowner who planned in coordination with the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture, their recovery. Above the wrecksite a surface iridescence dotted with clumps of heavy fuel oil was visible. Small clumps of oil scattered which produce a lot of surface iridescence with an average size of between 50 and 100 cm were drifting away. An arrival on the French coast of clusters of Heavy fuel seemed very unlikely during the next 10 days. Samples were taken at sea in the morning of March 19 by the "Argonaute" and transferred for analysis to Cedar and LASEM by the Cayman Navy helicopter. In addition, the "Maxiplon" of the Société Atlantique Scaphandre (Atlantic Diving Company), which was chartered by the shipowner, proceeded to the recovery and towing one of the two rescue boats to Port-Joinville (Ile d'Yeu). The tug "Union Lynx", also chartered by the shipowner, towed a container loaded with six tons of chips to the port of La Rochelle, where it arrived on March 19 at noon. There was a great risk that all oil may have spilled into the sea. When the ship sank there were 2,200 tons of heavy inside 12 tanks. The Grimaldi Lines contracted the salvage company Ardent, which will send an underwater robot down to the wreck to get a picture of the state of the wreck and whether oil will continue to leak out of the ship. If the hull is crushed all the oil that was in the tanks would have flowed into the sea. French report with graphic and photos: https://www.premar-atlantique.gouv.fr/communiques-presse/naufrage-du-navire-grande-america-dans-le-golfe-de-gascogne-communique-de-presse-n-11 https://actu.fr/faits-divers/grande-america-canot-survie-remorque-jusqua-lile-dyeu-par-navire-sables-dolonne_22199588.html https://www.20minutes.fr/planete/2476035-20190319-naufrage-grande-america-fioul-lourd-va-fractionner-galettes-compliquer-depollution https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/environnement/naufrage-du-grande-america/naufrage-du-grande-america-le-premier-conteneur-remorque_3241629.html https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2A-2rgW0AEC63U.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2A-2q2W0AA0qkV.jpg

Container towed to La Rochelle

Tue Mar 19 11:23:44 CET 2019 Timsen

On March 18 the Belgian offshore tug "Union Lynx" (IMO: 9178410), chartered by the shipowner of the "Grande America", was y towing a container loaded with non-hazardous material to the port of La Rochelle. The crew was also planning, in connection with the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture, the recovery of one of the two lifeboats which was located drifting about 30 miles west of the coast. Urgent notices to mariners were issued by the Maritime Prefecture of the Atlantic remain in force. Weather conditions on scene were NE winds of 15-20 knots amd a swell of 2.5 to 3 meters. For the first time oil barriers were laid out. French report with photo: https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/climat-environnement/des-barrages-flottants-installes-autour-de-l-epave-du-grande-america-pour-contenir-la-pollution-1552970811

Ongoing stormy weather hampers anti pollution work

Mon Mar 18 10:47:05 CET 2019 Timsen

Despite bad weather conditions in the area, the polutioncontrol operations at the sinking site of the "Grande America" continued on March 17 with the BSAA "Argonaute" and the "VN Sapeur" chartered by the French Navy as well as the "VN Partisan" and "Ria de Vigo" chartered by EMSA and the BSAM "Rhône" of the French Navy. The tug "TSM Kermor", chartered by the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture, joined in the morning to work in partnership with the "VN Partisan". The Spanish tug "Alonso de Chaves", equipped with anti pollution capabilities, sailed from Gijon in the early afternoon and was expected to arrive in the area in the morning of March 18. A second Spanish tug, the "Maria de Maetzu", was placed on standby and available in Santander. Samples collected at sea on March 16 were analyzed by CEDRE and LASEM. The results confirm edthat the pollution observed was originating from the heavy fuel aboard the "Grande America". Additional analyzes were currently in progress. The aerial observation flights by a Falcon 50 surveillance aircraft of the French Navy still confirmed the presence of a leak located at the vertical of the wreck on March 17. The aerial observations were made difficult by weather conditions. A significant improvement was expected on March 19. More favourable conditions should allow, on the one hand, a better aerial observation of the situation and on the other hand, a more effective implementation of the means of pollution control. The latest estimates from the drift committee confirmed the risks of long-term coastal pollution. However, given the current environmental conditions in the Bay of Biscay, forecasts of the drift have established that the French coast would not be affected during the coming week. In addition, the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture issued an urgent warning to mariners (AVURNAV 137) for two drifting containers spotted on March 16 about89 kilometers northeast of the sinking position which later but not be relocated.

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