The Ro-Ro vehicle carrier Tenerife Car suffered engine failure in Balearic Sea on 27 nautical miles off Valencia, Spain. The engine broke down at the height of Gandia and ship remained adrift on only 2-3 nautical miles from the coast. The stormy seas caused immediate danger for pushing the vehicle carrier to the shallows or rocks of Safor and Cullera. The swell caused four meter waves and increased the danger for the stability of the vessel. The crew reported the accident to the local authorities and requested immediate assistance. At the scene was dispatched lifeboat SAR Mesana and salvage tugs from local station of Salvamento Marítimo, which took vehicle carrier Tenerife Car under tow to Valencia.
The ship was successfully docked at the Spanish port for repairs, special survey and inspection. During the accident there were no injured people and no reported water pollution. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident.
The Ro-Ro vehicle carrier Tenerife Car (IMO: 9249984) was en route from Barcelona to Algeria with cargo of cars and 17 people crew. The ship has overall length of 138.00 m, moulded beam of 21.00 m and maximum draft of 6.00 m. The deadweight of the vehicle carrier is 3,325 DWT and the gross tonnage is 13,112 GRT. The ship was built in 200 by Astillero Barreras in their shipyard in Vigo, Spain. The owner and operator of the vehicle carrier is local company Flota Saurdiaz.