Fishing trawler Avo Melro grounded off Portugal

Avo Melro groundedThe fishing trawler Avo Melro grounded near Arrifana, Portugal during storm and bad weather conditions. The vessel was operating near the Portuguese coast, but the current and strong winds adrifted the trawler to the rocks, where hardly stuck and tilted. The crew sent distress signal to the local authorities and requested evacuation. All the six fishermen were airlifted by helicopter of the Coast Guard and taken to the shore without serious injuries. The vessel remained stuck into the rocks off Arrifana, capsized and seriously damaged, getting water ingress. The fishing trawler Avo Melro is under monitoring for oil spill, but due to severe weather cannot be dispatched a rescue boat.

The investigation for the root cause of the grounding is under way. The salvage operation will be complicated, due to the rocky shallows, as well as strong winds. On board of the fishing trawler there are several tons of fuel, as well as lob oils and other chemicals for the ice generator. Currently there is not report for water pollution.

The fishing trawler Avo Melro has overall length of 26.00 m, moulded beam of 5.00 m and maximum draft of 3.00 m.