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SHIP NAME: Paris KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source Japan FSA
type A
volume
material
dead 27
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Struck breakwater shoal and sank in Constanza Roads in lat 44.07.33N, long 28.4a.012E on 4/1/95 after not being able to heave anchors in heavy weather. Three crew dead and 24 missing.

Unknown hold flooded. Empty.


source Galati/Romania
type A
volume
material
dead
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Around 9 AM, Port Control Constanza trasmited to all the ships from the territorial waters the notices of worsen the weather. Due to the cautions, 9 from 12 ships finded out near harbor, decided to raise anchor and to go on off-shore. The commanders of bulkers Paris, You Xiu, and Seabulk Hope decide to stay in laughes and to fight with the waves. At 1200 AM, Paris decided to ask for the entrance permission inside the harbour for refuel. The harbour authorities accepted and decided to send a pilot motorboat to wait the ship at the end of the dam, but the commander of Paris reported a fault occurred at the screwjack of the anchor. After that the commander from Paris decided to remain outside the harbour at anchor during the night. The Port Control warns one more time Paris about the dangerous position of the ship, but Paris didnt move from the place.

Seeing the heavy weather, Seabulk Hope decided to leave its position to large (a decision extremly inspired).

Few minutes after the Port Control received the decision of Paris to stay, the radar operators observed that the other ship, You Xiu grapping to the dam. The commander of You Xiu was warned because there was only 1.9 miles between the ship and the dam. The operators ordered the ship to leave its position and go toward large. The commander from You Xiu release the danger just around 18:45 and prompts help from authorities (between ship and dam were just around 185 meters). It was too late. The last message received from You Xiu was The ship is inclined and starts to sink.

The biggest romanian tugs cannot leave the harbour due to heavy weather. The first tug that leave the harbour was a dutch powerfull tug that was inside the harbour. After that the salvage tug Vitezul leave the harbour and confirmed around 20:45 that Paris was sunk. Paris and You Xiu sunk around the same time at 600 meters one each other.

All the members of the crew from the bulkers died, The commanders of the ships were found guilty for that tragedy. The wrecks were inspected by the divers; they also found two big holes in the north dam. In fact, the bulkers sectioned the dam in two places, one around 300 m long, and the other around 150 m long. The damages fromthe dam were estiamted at around 5 million USD. The repair of the dam was made by the romanians and the owners of the bulkers were prosecute for recovery of the damages.


source CTX
type C
volume N
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dead
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Another source says lost power in heavy seas and a blizzard. Sank almost immediately. But lost power may be referring to You Xiu, which was lost in the same storm in the same place. We don't know why they could not raise the anchor. For now we are saying the primary cause was the decision not to leave earlier.