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SHIP NAME: Fedra KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source Gov of Gibraltar
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The MV Fedra ran ground at Europa Point, Gibraltar, in the Strait of Gibraltar, at around 1900 hours Friday 10th October in severe force 12 gale conditions. Earlier in the day the ship had reported engine failure, but in the prevailing severe weather conditions tugs were unable to prevent her grounding. MV Fedra is a 35,000 ton Greek owned, Liberian registered bulk carrier built in 1984. The vessel was unladen at the time of the casualty and carried a crew of 31 comprising Rumanian officers and Philipino seamen. As the vessel pounded against the cliff face at Europa Point and began to break up, Gibraltar emergency services worked against the clock to lift off the 31 crew members. This delicate and dangerous operation took 12 hours. All crew members were safely removed from the vessel, without suffering serious injuries. The vessel was carrying around 300 tons of fuel of which at least half has already spilled into the sea. This has been controlled and treated by the Gibraltar authorities and has not polluted any seashore. The next step will be to remove the remaining fuel from the ship. It is not expected that there will be any significant or material pollution event. The ship has now broken into two pieces around three quarter length from the bow. Once the risk of fuel contamination has been eliminated, the programme of work for the removal of the two halves of the ship will be considered by the Gibraltar Government. The Gibraltar Government commends the excellent and professional actions of Gibraltar’s emergency services, that undoubtedly saved the lives of these 31 crew members.


source Lloyds List
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Master charged with rule breach’. “The cargoship Fedra was unable to sail away from Gibraltar’s coastline into safer waters because its engine was partly dismantled, police investigators say, writes Brian Reyes in Gibraltar.” LLOYD’S LIST, 27 October 2008 (No.59,787), p 3


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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:

  1. lousy ownership abetted by a compliant Flag (Liberia) and an understanding Classification Society (Germanisher Lloyd)
  2. underbuilt, un-reliable machinery.
  3. 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.