Live fish carrier Scan Viking adrift in storm off Ibiza

Scan VikingThe live fish carrier Scan Viking lost propulsion power after engine failure on 30 nautical miles northeast off Ibiza, Spain. The vessel suffered blackout, which caused blocking of the main engine and remaining her adrift in adverse weather conditions. The bad weather and heavy seas caused danger for the seaworthiness of the loaded live fish carrier Scan Viking, so the crew reported the accident to the local authorities and requested assistance. Salvamento Marítimo received the call and organized rescue operation, sending a salvage tug to the troubled ship. The towing operation was complicated due to the bad weather conditions and lasted more than eight hours. Finally the convoy arrived at the port of Ibiza, where the live fish carrier was docked for repairs and special survey.

During the incident none of the four crew on board of the troubled vessel were injured. All of them were safe and Salvamento Marítimo was in contact with the vessel until arriving of the salvage tug. There were no reports about water pollution. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. The authorities requested special survey and safety inspection of the vessel after repairs are completed.

The live fish carrier Scan Viking (IMO: 7810143) has overall length of 36.00 m, moulded beam of 7.00 m and maximum draft of 3.90 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 40 DWT and the gross tonnage is 317 GRT. The live fish carrier was built in 1979 by Karmsung Verft in Avaldsnes, Norway. During the accident the vessel was en route from Mallorca to Alicante loaded with live fish on board.

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