The Fedra, a bulk carrier in ballast,
had a main engine failure in gale force winds off Gibraltar
and went aground at Europa Point.
She split in two just forward of the accommodations.
Crew was rescued mainly by crane from the cliff edge
above the bow,
There are any number of dramatic pictures
and video on the web of the ship grinding on the rocks.
Ship had a long history of port state deficiencies,
some of which were propulsion system related.
But the port states could do no more than short detentions.
In the public mind, the Fedra will go down as a photogenic grounding.
But the true causes are:
lousy ownership abetted by a compliant Flag (Liberia)
and an understanding Classification Society (Germanisher Lloyd)
underbuilt, un-reliable machinery.
Lack of twin screw
The CTX would love to know
how many Losses of Power the Fedra had
in the 12 months befor the LOP that put her on the rocks.
And the idea of blaming the Master because
the engine was partly dismantled is absurd.
Does Gibraltar think the crew was working
on the engine for fun?
As of 2009-12-13, Gisis had nothing on this casualty.