Bulk carrier beached off Gibraltar bay after collision with another ship

Gibraltar Port Authority and Gibraltar Government agree to implement Resolve’s Heavy Weather Plan for OS 35

Image of bulk carrier beached off Gibraltar bay after collision with another ship. Credit: Twitter @Gibdan1

Bulk Carrier OS 35 is currently beached off Gibraltar bay after a collision with another ship on the evening of Monday, August 29.

The Gibraltar Port Authority reported the collision between the bulk carrier and another ship stating:

“The Port Authority is dealing with an incident involving a collision between two vessels in the Bay. The vessel OS 35 clipped the vessel ADAM LNG as the former was manouvering to exit the Bay.”

“The Port Authority directed the vessel OS 35 to the Eastside in order to ensure it could be beached and in that way try to minimise as much as possible the risk of the vessel sinking and to secure the lives of the mariners on board.”

“The vessel is presently beached off Catalan Bay. Gibraltar Pilots are onboard the vessel.”

“Tugs are in process of being deployed and booms are to be deployed around the vessel in the event of an oil spill.”

“The Captain of the Port is in contact with the Captain of the Port in Algeciras in order to ensure a coordinated response that maximises the use of relevant resources in the area.”

“The OS 35 is Bulk Carrier. She is flagged in Tuvalu and is presently loaded with steel rebars.”

Photos of the incident were shared on Twitter:

In an update issued on Tuesday, August 30, the government of Gibraltar stated:

“The situation with the Bulk Carrier OS 35 has remained stable overnight. There have been no significant developments.”

“The Gibraltar Port Authority remains at the scene and is continuously reviewing all aspects of the situation.”

“Approximately 400 metres of boom are now readily available on scene ready to be deployed around the vessel in the event of an oil spill.”

“A notice to mariners has been issued by the GPA with a 200m exclusion zone already in place around the OS 35.”

“All port operations were suspended by the GPA during the initial stages of the operation for approximately 4 hours and the Gibraltar Port has now fully reopened for all activity.”

“The cooperation with the Algeciras Port continues, with the deployment of assets from Algeciras Port (Salvamento Maritimo) being considered.”

“A further update will be issued during the course of the morning.”

The news comes after, on Monday, August 29, the UK re-affirmed the city status of Gibraltar, as granted by Queen Victoria, confirming its special status in the Realms of Her Majesty the Queen and the family of the United Kingdom, the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.

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