The general cargo ship Riga lost propulsion power during passage of English Canal. The vessel suffered engine cooling system failure north off Fecamp in France and remained adrift in the heavy traffic area. The crew was unable to fix the problem and to repair the engine failure and dropped anchor to prevent grounding or collision. The accident was reported to the local authorities, who decided that vessel is a threat to shipping in the area with daylight fading and ordered French salvage tugs Abeille Languedoc and Abeille Liberte to carry out towage to Caen Anchorage. The convoy successfully reached the destination and the vessel was secured there for further repairs and special survey.
The owner will obey the decision of the French authorities, as he wanted to hire salvage company by himself, instead of paying high costs for the expensive rescue operation. According to the shipowner, the vessel did not caused danger for shipping in the area and was anchored outside the shipping way.
The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way, but fortunately there were no injured people and no water pollution.
The general cargo ship Riga (IMO: 9141376) has overall length of 89.00 m, moulded beam of 13.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 4,220 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,810 GRT. During the accident the freighter was en route from Dunkirk to Caen with cargo of ore. The general cargo ship Riga is operating under the flag of Malta and was built in 1997 by Damen Shipyard in Galati, Romania.