PortandTerminal.com, November 5, 2020
LISBON, PORTUGAL – There are mixed reports that a small container ship (5,400 tons) sank or has almost sunk off of the coast of Portugal.
“The ship is probably, still afloat. There was water ingress, engine room is reportedly, flooded.The ship issued distress signal at around 0030 UTC, reporting flooding, danger of capsizing, sinking.“
Container ship SOUTHWESTER reportedly sank some 30 nm off Figueira da Foz, Portugal, at around 0400 UTC Nov 5, while en route from Bretagne France to Seville Spain, all 14 crew were rescued by nearby cargo ship. SOUTHWESTER (IMO: 9126728) was built in 1998 (22 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Vanuatu.
There is one unconfirmed report by a crew on a responding vessel that the container ship still remains half above the water in rough seas. All 14 of its crew have been rescued.
With reporting by FleetMon and MaritimeBulletin