The general cargo ship Basel Express lost propulsion power after running out of diesel on 3 nautical miles off Cape Tuzla in Constanta, Romania. The vessel remained adrift pushed by strong winds and rough sea with immediate danger for the seaworthiness and safety. The crew reported the accident to the local authorities and at the scene was dispatched AHTS vessel GSP King, which connected Basel Express and towed her to the dock in Constanta, where found shelter from the storm. During the accident there were no injured people and no reported pollution. The The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident.
The rescue operations were carried out in extreme weather conditions, with wind gusts that exceeded 120 km/h and waves exceeding 6 meters. The bad weather caused immediate danger from grounding of the general cargo ship.
“Thanks to the high professionalism of the GSP King’s crew and personally to the ship’s captain Edward Troyan, to conduct an operation in an extremely severe situation in 12-foot waves and wind speed of 120 km/h. This was an extremely risky operation”, said the local authorities representative Laurentiu Zamfir.
The general cargo ship Basel Express (IMO: 9210701) has overall length of 126.00 m, moulded beam of 19.00 m and maximum draft of 7.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 7,868 DWT and the gross tonnage is 7,111 GRT. The vessel was built in 2000 by Jingjiang Shipyars in China. The owner and operator of the freighter is Greek company Diamonds Shipping and Trading.
Video from the accident: