Bulker scuttled near La Reunion

Sep 24, 2003
Author: P&S

A 1986-built bulk carrier named Adamandas was scuttled on Monday (22 September) by members of the French Navy based at the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. According to a report published in Fairplay, the 22,580-dwt ship, which is managed by Greek company Pacific & Atlantic Corporation, was abandoned by her crew on Saturday, 20 September after of fears of an explosion on board.

The ship was carrying a cargo of 21,000 tonnes of iron ingots loaded in Trinidad for Indonesia and experienced in-hold overheating brought about by the oxidation of the cargo.

The Fairplay report says the ship arrived off La Reunion on 15 September asking for assistance after having noted abnormal temperatures in three of the holds. It is not clear what transpired except it appears the crew were taken off the ship on Sunday, which was then allowed to drift off the island about 20km from the coast.

The report says the ship has sunk in 1,750m of water in an intact condition despite the explosives that were used to scuttle her, and with about 470 tonnes of fuel remaining on board. An anti-pollution team is monitoring the site using two boats and helicopters, and a 9km radius around the scuttling site has been declared closed to all shipping.

Adamandas was 165m in length with a beam of 23.7m and had a draft of 10.9m. The ship called on several occasions at South African ports in the recent past. Her previous name was Lapis Lazulis.

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