Still aboard the port of Celeiro (Viveiro) is the Wilson Avonmouth merchant ship, with the Maltese flag, which since the beginning of the year has been trying to secure part of the twenty-ton steel coils it transports to Turkey. Maritime sources explain that the storms at the beginning of the year have varied the stowage conditions of some in the central part of the ship’s hold. They did not arrive to heel it and, although at the moment they do not influence in the security, they can affect to the rest of the load and the stability of the merchant if it sails in adverse conditions.
After two days anchored in the San Roman ship shelter, at the mouth of the Viveiro estuary, the Wilson Avonmouth entered the commercial dock of Celeiro on the 4th of the night. He hired a crane of great dimensions and capacity to restore the steel coils, but diverse circumstances prevented it. Last Sunday he returned to the anchorage of San Román, to leave space in Celeiro to a merchant who was scheduled to load quartz. After concluding that operation, Monday night again moored in port, add the maritime sources consulted. On Tuesday, a crane returned to try to secure the cargo.
With forecasts of the storm at sea for Wednesday and, with less intensity, for tomorrow Thursday, the sources suggest that the Maltese flag vessel will probably remain in Celeiro at least until this Friday. All the entry and exit operations of Celeiro of that merchant have been directed by the port pilot.
Of 88.2 meters in length (long) and 12 in width (width), the Wilson Avonmouth was built in 2010 and has 2,451 gross registered tons. Its base port is Valletta, in Malta.
The problem that the Maltese merchant tries to solve is different from that of the BBC Ontario, which at the end of June lost twenty-one wind shovels of 40 meters long and the metal cages where they were stowed. They fell from the deck at the mouth of the Viveiro estuary, part of the San Román anchorage where the Wilson Avonmouth has now been sheltered. In the latter case, it is almost impossible for that part of the load to end up at the bottom of the sea, from where all the remains of the metallic cages of the BBC Ontario have not yet been removed.
Source: La Voz de Galicia