Sunday, 23 November 2014 19:14

DOGGERSBANK sinks in Castries Harbor

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The DOGGERSBANK has sunk in the Castries harbor. The St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) says the vessel is a tug boat that is used to assist larger ships in docking. The boat is owned by Cecil Isaac, eyewitnesses have said. No one appeared to have been in the boat at the time of the incident. It's not clear what caused the boat to sink however SLASPA Marketing Officer Fayola Ferdinand says an investigation is currently underway. The owner of the tug arrived on the scene shortly after. The President of the Craft and Dry goods vendors association, Peter Isaac watched as the boat submerged into the harbor. He said there were no efforts to salvage it. SLASPA says the tug boat has been inoperable for several years, and therefore it won't affect their operations.
The tug DOGGERSBANK was built in 1964 by Scheepswerven v/h H.H. Bodewes BV, Millingen aan de Rijn, Netherlands under yard number 628 for the Nieuwe Rotterdamse Sleepdienst NV, Rotterdam, for operation in the Europoort. doggersbank gezonkenIn 1986 she was transferred to Smit Spido BV, Rotterdam. In the same year she was towed by the SMIT NEDERLAND from Rotterdam to Balboa as reserve/stand-by tug. In 1987 she was transferred to Smit International Harbour Towage (Panama) Inc., Panama, hereafter off to Freeport, then to Willemstad-Curacao. In 1989 the DOGGERSBANK was sold to Tugs Ltd (Mr. Buff), Castries, St.Lucia and renamed St. Lucia. In 2012 she was spotted laid up with a broken engine. Later she was re-renamed Doggersbank again. She has a length of 26.35 mtrs, a beam of 7.56 mtrs and a depth of 4.12 mtrs. The Voith-Schneider tug has two Stork Ricardo RHO218K main engines with a toatal output of 897 kW., generating a free running speed of 12.5 knots and a bollard pull of 14 tons.