Bulk carrier Florentia breached in allision with dock in Southampton

Florentia breachedThe bulk carrier Florentia suffered breached in allision with concrete quay wall, while being towed from the dock in Southampton, UK. The accident happened in former King George V dry dock, which is used for loading of bulk cargo in the port, and caused about 3-meter breach at the port board in superstructure area, but above the waterline and without water ingress. The vessel was banned from returning in service and was berthed at another dock for repairs and special survey. The root cause of the accident is unknown, but during the allision the bulk carrier Florentia was with pilot on board laving the port of Southampton with cargo of scrap.

During the accident there were no injured people and no reported water pollution. The human mistake during towing operation is the main factor for the allision and breaching of the bulk carrier. The investigation for the responsibilities and circumstances are under investigation by local authorities.

The bulk carrier Florentia (IMO: 9714666) has overall length of 200.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 7.10 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 63,500 DWT and the gross tonnage is 35,900 GRT. The ship was built in 2016 by Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China.