The heavy load carrier Rotra Vente allided with two Maersk drilling rigs at Port of Esbjerg in Denmark, reported local media. The ship suffered engine failure and blackout on Monday (April 10) night during maneuvering to leave the harbor. The blackout left the vessel adrift under the pressure of the strong wind and raising tide, which pushed on a collision course against the drilling rigs Maersk Resolve and Maersk Resolute, which were currently docked at the port. The crew of heavy load carrier Rotra Vente dropped anchor, while the local authorities started evacuation of the docked rigs. The vessel dragged anchor and collided alongside with the helipad of one of the rigs.
“The ship simply lost its main engine and so the crew can therefore neither control or do something, and with the strong winds and currents in the evening, then turned right back to the harbor, where it collided with the two drilling rigs that lay inside for repairs”, said the team leader at the port guard in Esbjerg, Michael Fries. “Fortunately ship collided with one rig alongside. If it had hit it directly we could have had much more damage and oil spills, but we escaped”, added he in front of local media Judske Vestkusten.
The raising tide in the port caused another danger for the cargo ship and port, which might cause major damage to the vessel. The local authorities and salvage teams tried to free the disabled heavy load carrier Rotra Vente, but her mast and antennas stuck in the platform and hampered the work.
“We asked the captain to fill ballast water in the stern, so it stuck deeper, and so could the two tugboats towed the vessel. It happened really without much trouble when we first got her free”, said Michael Fries.
AP Moller-Maersk confirmed the collision and evacuation. The heavy load carrier Rotra Vente collided with two rigs Maersk Resolve and Maersk Resolute, which were stacked in the port of Esbjerg. Maersk Drilling is working with the Port and relevant authorities.
The heavy load carrier Rotra Vente (IMO: 9805568) has overall length of 141.50 m, moulded beam of 21.00 m and maximum draft of 6.10 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 8,929 DWT and the gross tonnage is 6,564 GRT.