SA-bound MSC Denisse dead in the water

Feb 27, 2005
Author: P&S

The MSC container ship MSC Denisse, en route for Durban from the Far East, was left drifting without power in the Indian Ocean late last week 40 n.miles southeast of Christmas Island after seawater flooded the engine room.

By the time a salvage tug from Singapore had arrived to take the ship in tow MSC Denisse was reported to have closed within 12 miles of the island but was apparently never in any real danger.

An Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Arunta was first on the scene after the ship reported water flooding the engine room from what is believed to be a faulty sea chest valve.

Engineers from the Australian navy ship went on board and lent assistance with portable pumps to help stabilize the vessel, which by now was noticeably down by the stern.

MSC Denisse, which can carry up to 1664 container TEUs, has a crew of 23 and was due in Durban on March 6.



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