Springbok in collision

Mar 10, 2003
Author: P&S

The 1979-built freighter Springbok, one of the diminishing SD14 type freighters, and a regular caller in the port of Durban, was involved in a collision with the gas carrier Gas Roman near Singapore on 27 February 2003.

Springbok, which was carrying a cargo of timber, was sliced in mid section ahead of the crew accommodation section, with the bow of Gas Roman left embedded deeply in the freighter and suffering bow damage.

Both ships remained afloat and have affected temporary repairs, while Smit Salvage and Semco tugs went to the scene where they obtained LOF2000 contracts to render emergency salvage.

Springbok was due back in Durban on 18 March to load a further 6,000 tonnes of timber.

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