Barge carrier dragged anchor and adrifted dangerously close to rocky shores in Norway

Tide CarrierThe barge carrier Tide Carrier dragged anchor and adrifted dangerously close to rocky shores of Feistein Fyr in Norway. The vessel was anchored south of Bergen, when the anchor dragged and started drifting to the shore. The engine broke down or was under repair during the incident, so the ship was without ability to maneuver. Tide Carrier was drifting dangerously close to the shallows and rocks. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene were sent tugs and rescue boats. The tugs arrived, when the ship was on 100 m from the shore and immediately started rescue operation. The first attempts to attach the towing lines failed due to short winds and bad weather. Fortunately a few minutes later the second attempt was successful and the two tugs succeeded to attach the line to the barge carrier. The complicated situation was taken under control and the vessel was again secured at the anchorage off Feistein Fyr.

During the accident five crew were evacuated by coast guard helicopter due to the immediate danger from grounding. One of the airlifted seamen was injured and hospitalized. Fortunately there were no serious injuries and no reported water pollution after the accident. The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident.

The barge carrier Tide Carrier (IMO: 8730479) has overall length of 263.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 9.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 40,796 DWT and the gross tonnage is 38,282 GRT. The ship was built in 1989 by Kherson Shipyard in Ukraine.