Damaged ship repaired in Emden
On Dec 26 at noon the "Thea II" was towed into the port of Emden as a dead ship by the tug "En Avant 10" and was docked at the yard Emder Werft & Dock GmbH for repairs. It had left Kingston upon Hull on Dec 24 at 6.50 p.m. SHe sailed from the yard again on Jan 23, 2019, at 11.40 p.m. The vessel headed to Rotterdam as next port of call and berthed at the RST Shortsea Container Terminal South on Jan 28 at 10.20 a.m.
Freighter to be drydocked in Hull
The "Thea II", which had suffered a failure of the main engine and steering gear enroute from Amsterdam to Hull with 85 containers on board, on final approach to the entrance of the Humber Estuary, prior to picking up its pilot, will enter drydock for repairs. The ship, as a result of the failure, had run aground on Chequer Shoal, near Spurn Point in position 53 33 48 N, 000 10 36 E, on Dec 15, at 3 p.m. Subsequently the vessel dragged its anchor towards 'The Binks', off Spurn Head, whereby the steering and rudder potentially sustained damage. There was also damage to the poop starboard quarter caused by one of the tugs. The vessel and tugs had to wait until the next high water before refloating and towage could then be resumed utilising alternative tugs as agreed via LOF. On scene were Southeast winds of force 8 with a four metre swell. Drydocking will take place following discharge of the cargo of containers at the King George Dock in Kingston upon Hull. Initially the vessel will be moved to a suitable layby berth in the next day or so, until the drydock is ready in Hull.
Freighter and tug in trouble off East Yorkshire
Off the East Yorkshire coast, the "Thea II", enroute from Ijmuiden to Hull with a crew of 11 on board, suffered a blackout and began to drag anchor before running aground in position 53 34.61 N, 000 09.22 E at the Binks off Spurn Point on Dec 15, 2018, at 6-46 p.m. The vessel initially refused assistance of tugs. The tugs Svitzer Josephine" and "Svitzer Castle" were iniitally deployed to refloat the ship and tow it to safety. But the "Svitzer Josephine" with its crew of three ran aground during the operation. The tugs "Irishman" and "Yeoman" refloated the "Thea II" on Dec 16 at 1.30 a.m. The "Scitzer Josephine" later was refloated and returned to Immingham docks under its own power, while the second tug "Svitzer Castle" remained standing by. The Humber RNLI boat provided cover. The "Yeoman" lost propulsion during the towage and had to be withdrawn. South-easterly winds of 52 knots were recorded in the area. Also the Coastguard rescue helicopter based at Humberside was sent to assist but later stood down. The "Thea II", once refloated, was taken under tow to the Humber deep water anchorage by the two tugs "Pullman" and "Irishman". The tug "Yeoman" was assisted back to Hull by the "Irishman". The "Thea II" was to be towed to the Hull King George Docks. ETA Dec 17, 12.30 p.m. Report with video: https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/watch-huge-rescue-operation-stranded-2337081Upload News