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Repair in Gdansk
The "Mito Strait", which struck the bottom north of Funen on Nov 5, left Fredericia on Nov 9 at 11.50 pa.m. bound to Gdansk for repairs after having been emptied for containers and after the owners had obtained permission from the Danish Maritime Authority. The "Mito Strait" was accompanied on the voyage to Gdansk by the tug "Fenja", ready to intervene in case of any problems. The feeder ship was proceeding at a speed of 4-5 knots. It berthed at the Gdanska Stocznia Remontowa im. Józefa Pilsudskiego in Gdansk-Ostrow for repairs on Nov 13 at 1 p.m. The ship left the yard and berthed at the Westerplatte Ferry Terminal in the port on Jan 26, 2019, at 9.30 a.m. She sailed on Feb 15 at 10.10 a.m., next headed to Hamburg, ETA Feb 16, 11.30 p.m.
Ship towed to Fredericia
After the grounding of the "Mito Strait" on Nov 5 north of Fynshoved, the shipping company Carsten Rehder has had divers in the water on Nov 6 to check the damage on the bottom of the container ship, which has been anchored at Æbelø since the bottom touch. The studies showed that there were cracks and bumps in the bottom of the ship. In the foremidday of Nov 7, the Danish tug "Fenja" (IMO: 9192076) started towing the ship to Fredericia, where some of the containers on board will be lifted off. The towing took place carefully and at slow speed of 3-4 knots to ensure the least possible risk of further damage. The Navy's environmental ship "Marie Miljø" followed the "Mito Strait" during the entire tow. The convoy arrived in the central port of Fredericia at 6.45 p.m. What will happen to the ship when the containers have been lifted has not been considered yet. It was up to the shipping company to draw up a plan that must be accepted by the Danish Armed Forces in consultation with the Danish Maritime Authority. On Nov 5 and 6 there have been smaller oil stripes on the water around the ship, probably leaking from the propellers or diesel that has escaped from the ship as a result of the damage and should evaporate quickly.
Grounding off Æblø
Enroute from Hamburg to Fredericia the "Mito Strait" ran aground three miles north of Æblø in pos. 55° 40.76' N 010° 11.36' E on Nov 5, 2018. Therudder and propellers were damaged that it could not sail further with its own power. There is also a suspicion of a leak in the hull as a small amount of diesel had spilled. The damaged tank was thought to have been mainly empty. Dive surveys of the ship were to be carried out in the morning of Nov 6. The "Mito Strait" was at anchor between Æbelø and Endelave off Bogense. The anti pollution vessel "Marie Miljø" was mobilized to the site after the grounding. After a call in Bogense it returned in the morning of Nov 6 to determine if the container ship can be pulled off or if first emergency repairs had to be carried out on site. The plan was to tow the "Mito Strait" to Fredericia later in the day to offload the containers before take it for repairs to the Fayard Yard at Lindø. The reason for the grounding was actually unknown. The Danish police weet on board to investigate. The tug "Fenja" (IMO: 9192076) was alongside the casualty.Upload News