Dry cargo ship BBC ADRIATIC with 7 Ukrainians of her crew got afloat in Istanbul and towed off to Varna, accompanied by ship of the same company - BBC ASIA / MAPS / PHOTO


German cargo ship BBC ADRIATIC, which according to the previous reports was washed stranding by the heavy storm in the morning of December 4,  2012 at the Turkish Black Sea coast near Kumkoy, west of the entrance to the Bosphorus, has arrived in the Bulgarian port of Varna at 16:35 (LT) of December 6,  2012. 7 out of 14 members of this dry cargo crew reportedly are Ukrainians.

According to analysis, conducted by BSNews with the help of maritime automated information systems and the resources of our colleagues, the crew of BBC ADRIATIC used their own efforts and managed to refloat and re-anchor the ship in the evening of the same day – at about 18:27 (LT) of December 4, 2012.

At the same time BBC ADRIATIC was approached by the other dry cargo ship of the same shipowning company - BBC ASIA, which was heading for Constanta (and had specially changed course). BBC ASIA shuttled different tacks in the area to safeguard  their colleagues for almost 12 hours - till  05:27 (LT) Of December 5 , 2012.

By this time tug HOROZ came to this very area from the Bosphorus, then the troubled dry cargo ship BBC ADRIATIC weighed anchor and followed the north in the wake of the BBC ASIA with a speed of 08.07 knots.

Then HOROZ took BBC ADRIATIC in tow, while BBC ASIA continued to accompany them to the entrance buoy port of Varna.

At about 13:30 (LT) of December 6,  2012 they arrived to the entrance buoy to the port of Varna, and then BBC ASIA left for her destination - the port of Constanta, while  tug HOROZ convoyed BBC ADRIATIC  to the port of Varna.

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The below photo  fatures BBC ADRIATIC after unloading of oversized equipment in the port of Izmir, steering, nonloaded, the Black Sea course...

BBC ADRIATIC: Ship Type: Cargo. Year Built: 2008. Length x Breadth: 116 m X 17 m. Gross Tonnage: 5261, DeadWeight: 6042 t. Speed recorded (Max / Average): 8.5 / 7 knots. Flag: Antigua Barbuda [AG]. Call Sign: V2CY5. IMO: 9378230, MMSI: 305145000.

Home port: St.john´s. Class society: Germanischer Lloyd. Builder:  Xinhe Shipbuilding Heavy Industry (Tianjin, China) Owner: Briese Schiffahrt (Leer, Germany). Manager: Briese Schiffahrt (Leer, Germany).

The below photo features BBC ASIA loaded with oversized equipment (turbine type):

BBC ASIA: Ship Type: Cargo. Year Built: 2003. Length x Breadth: 120 m X 20 m. Gross Tonnage: 7014, DeadWeight: 7541 t. Speed recorded (Max / Average): 15.7 / 12.2 knots. Flag: Antigua Barbuda [AG]. Call Sign: V2OX4. IMO: 9266310, MMSI: 304512000. Draught: 6.3 m.

Home port: St.john´s. Class society: Germanischer Lloyd. Builder:  Xinhe Shipbuilding Heavy Industry (Tianjin, China) Owner: Briese Schiffahrt (Leer, Germany). Manager: Briese Schiffahrt (Leer, Germany).

The below photo features the HOROZ tug before change of the name and the flag (owner?). Now HOROZ’s body is painted blue:



HOROZ: Ship Type: Tug. Year Built: 1978. Length x Breadth: 30 m X 10 m. Gross Tonnage: 129, DeadWeight: 60 t. Speed recorded (Max / Average): 10 / 8.6 knots. Flag: Togo [TG] . Call Sign: 5VBO9. IMO: 7610830, MMSI: 671272000. Builder: Union Naval Barcelona (Spain).

 

The data from websites: blacksea.sytes.net,
marinetraffic.com,  shipspotting.comwere used by BSNews
 preparing matters for the «Now at the Black and Azov Seas ports» Project

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