Ro-Ro passenger ship Soby capsized in Cape Verde

Soby capsizedThe Ro-Ro passenger ship Soby capsized at the berth in Mindelo port in Sao Vincente island, Cape Verde. The vessel was offloading cargo, but one of the containers started to slide and caused a general cargo shift. The vessel developed heavy list to port board and capsized at the pier. The ship ended with bottom up, partially remaining above the water at the terminal of the cabotage dock. During the accident there were no injuries and no reported casualties, as all the crew abandoned her when started developing list. The local authorities will consider salvage operations at high tide tomorrow. The vessel will be towed to another location in the bay, where it be refloated.

According to witness evidences only two containers had been unloaded when the cargo shifted and caused capsizing of the ship. The Ro-Ro passenger ship Soby was carrying containers and two cars, weighing 185 tons. There is no report about water pollution, but area is under monitoring for leaks.

The Ro-Ro passenger ship Soby (IMO: 6611667) has overall length of 55.00 m, moulded beam of 10.00 m and maximum draft of 3.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 471 DWt and the gross tonnage is 850 GRT. The ship Soby was built in 1966 by Kalmar Fartygsreparationer in their shipyard in Sweden.