General cargo ship Sea Ems troubled in English Canal

Sea EmsThe general cargo ship Sea Ems suffered engine failure in English Canal off Fowey, UK. The vessel remained gearless and adrift, dangerously close to the UK coast. The vessel was pushed by the winds and currents to the rocky shallows. The accident was reported to the local authorities and coast guard, which dispatched towing tug at the scene of the troubled cargo ship, which started salvage operation. The general cargo ship Sea Ems was taken under tow towards Fowey, where will be docked for repairs and safety inspection. Fortunately there were no injured people and no water pollution.

The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. The traffic at English Canal was not affected by the troubled cargo ship. There was no immediate danger for the seaworthiness of the ship, but situation could quickly develop to more serious accident due to bad weather and strong winds.

The general cargo ship Sea Ems (IMO: 9142526) has overall length of 82.00 m, moulded beam of 11.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 2,503 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,682 GRT. The ship was built in 1996 by Bijlsma Shipyard in Lemmer, Netherlands. The owner and operator of the vessel is German company Fehn Shipmanagement.