Grimaldi carrier towed to Southampton
The "Grande Roma" was troubled in the English Channel on March 17, 2019, east of the of Isle of Wight, while en route from Antwerp to Southampton. The ship with 26 crew members on board informed the Coastguard that it was at anchor in position 050 39 18.6 N, 000 12 18 E, due to the failure of an air compressor, at 6.55 p.m. The "Grande Roma" was due at Nab Tower for pilot boarding on March 18 at 8 a.m. The tug "Multratug 17" (IMO: 9481752) was called from Zeebrugge and arrived on scene to assist around 1 a.m. on March 18. The vessel was carrying 250 vehicles as cargo. The ship was taken in tow and was approaching the waters of the Isle of Wight, joined by the tug "Lomax" (IMO: 9657832) with destination Southampton, where it berthed at the 102 RoRo Terminal at 7.50 p.m.
Shuttle vehicle crashed on cargo deck
On Feb 21, 2019, at 10.30 a.m. a shuttle vehicle hit against a cargo deck of the "Grande Roma" when driving onto a loading ramp between two decks. The height was not enough, and so the car crashed. Three workers who had been busy with loading of vehicles suffered slight injuries and were taken to the hospital in Emden. After a checkup all could be released again. The marine police in Emden launched an investigation. The ship left the port on Feb 21 at midnight and headed to Antwerp, where it berthed on Feb 22 at 8.50 p.m., before proceeding to Sheerness, where it arrived on Feb 24 at 6.30 p.m.
Dry dock accident in Valletta
On Aug 6, 2018, the "Grande Roma" (IMO: 9247936), tilted to starboard in the dry dock of Malta Dry Docks in Valletta which the ship had entered on July 31 for maintenance. The accident was thought to have been caused by a collapse of the dock supports due to the weight of the large stern ramp when this was lowered onto the dock side. On Aug 7 the ship was stabilized again and brought back on even keel after the dock was flooded. On Aug 13 at 10.30 a.m. the tugs"RT Spinola" (IMO: 9495258) and "Sea Salvor" (IMO: 9203100) pulled the sihp out of the dock again. The vessel left the yard on Sep 5 at 4 p.m. and headed to Monfalcone as first port of call after repairs; ETA Sep 8. Photos: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2892755 http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2892817 http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2892822 http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2892821 http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2895529Upload News