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Photographer:seawolf [View profile]Title:THETISAdded:Apr 05, 2006
Captured:IMO:8417833Hits:2,715
Photo Category: Research and Survey Vessels
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THETIS
RESEARCH VESSEL OF CNR (CENTRO NAZIONALE RICERCHE)
CIVITAVECCHIA 17.02.2006
Vessel Identification
Name:Thetis
IMO:8417833
Technical Data
Vessel type:Research/survey Vessel
Gross tonnage:199 tons
Summer DWT:100 tons

Additional Information
Status:Dead
Build year:1986
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Guest on Aug 07, 2007 08:41 (11 years ago)
An update to the collision and sinking of the Thetis, courtesy of News and Nature.com @
http://www.nature.com/news/2007/070806/full/070806-2.html


Published online: 6 August 2007; | doi:10.1038/news070806-2

Container ship rams research vessel
Researcher killed as Italian ship sinks in minutes.
Emiliano Feresin
A Russian marine biologist was drowned, and an Italian badly hurt, when the research vessel on which they were working was rammed by a cargo ship and sank off the coast of Sicily on 3 August.

The ship, Thetis, was measuring marine biomass around seven kilometres off the island's coast when it was struck by the Heleni, a 55,000-tonne Panamanian container ship. It was morning, and the weather was foggy.

"The scientists on board say it was like an apocalypse when the container ship came at them out of the blue," says Ennio Marsella, head of the CNR Institute for Coastal Marine Environment in Naples, whose scientists were in charge of the project.

The 200-tonne Italian vessel sank in minutes, giving no time to use lifeboats or life jackets. "It was clear we had no way out," says Giusy Buscaino of the CNR, head of the mission, "so I ran towards the stern, then dived and swam away as fast as I could. It was so surreal to look back and find no noise, no vessel, the big cargo vessel going on like nothing happened."

The man killed, bioacoustics expert Petr Mikhejchik, 53, of the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fishery and Oceanography in Moscow, was probably trapped working in one of the labs below deck.

Divers recovered his body on Monday. The remaining seven scientists and six crew members survived.

Mikhejchik was "a very reserved person, but kind, and very competent", says Buscaino. They will not abandon their project, she adds. "I never thought it was possible to die doing science but we all think we should go on because we owe it to Petr."

The causes of the accident are now being investigated. Port authorities in Sicily had repeatedly warned the Heleni that there were other vessels nearby. The authorities had also issued an order onm 24 July for all ships to keep at least 1,000 metres from the Thetis, which had just left port.

The Thetis, launched in 2000, is equipped for biological, geological and chemical research, and has instruments worth more than 1 million (US$1.4 million). It is one of three marine-research vessels run by the Italian National Research Council (CNR).

Russian and Italian marine biologists have been working together for more than 20 years. "Their competence in marine biology and bathymetry [measurement of seafloor topography] complements ours," says Marsella.

First reports from divers say that the Thetis is badly damaged, but the CNR does not yet know whether it can be replaced. It lies only 40 metres below the surface, and scientists hope to recover some of its instruments.

"We will never get over the loss of life of one of our colleagues," says Marsella.
Guest on Aug 07, 2007 08:41 (11 years ago)
Hi All

An update to the collision and sinking of the Thetis, courtesy of News and Nature.com @
http://www.nature.com/news/2007/070806/full/070806-2.html


Published online: 6 August 2007; | doi:10.1038/news070806-2

Container ship rams research vessel
Researcher killed as Italian ship sinks in minutes.
Emiliano Feresin
A Russian marine biologist was drowned, and an Italian badly hurt, when the research vessel on which they were working was rammed by a cargo ship and sank off the coast of Sicily on 3 August.

The ship, Thetis, was measuring marine biomass around seven kilometres off the island's coast when it was struck by the Heleni, a 55,000-tonne Panamanian container ship. It was morning, and the weather was foggy.

"The scientists on board say it was like an apocalypse when the container ship came at them out of the blue," says Ennio Marsella, head of the CNR Institute for Coastal Marine Environment in Naples, whose scientists were in charge of the project.

The 200-tonne Italian vessel sank in minutes, giving no time to use lifeboats or life jackets. "It was clear we had no way out," says Giusy Buscaino of the CNR, head of the mission, "so I ran towards the stern, then dived and swam away as fast as I could. It was so surreal to look back and find no noise, no vessel, the big cargo vessel going on like nothing happened."

The man killed, bioacoustics expert Petr Mikhejchik, 53, of the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fishery and Oceanography in Moscow, was probably trapped working in one of the labs below deck.

Divers recovered his body on Monday. The remaining seven scientists and six crew members survived.

Mikhejchik was "a very reserved person, but kind, and very competent", says Buscaino. They will not abandon their project, she adds. "I never thought it was possible to die doing science but we all think we should go on because we owe it to Petr."

The causes of the accident are now being investigated. Port authorities in Sicily had repeatedly warned the Heleni that there were other vessels nearby. The authorities had also issued an order onm 24 July for all ships to keep at least 1,000 metres from the Thetis, which had just left port.

The Thetis, launched in 2000, is equipped for biological, geological and chemical research, and has instruments worth more than 1 million (US$1.4 million). It is one of three marine-research vessels run by the Italian National Research Council (CNR).

Russian and Italian marine biologists have been working together for more than 20 years. "Their competence in marine biology and bathymetry [measurement of seafloor topography] complements ours," says Marsella.

First reports from divers say that the Thetis is badly damaged, but the CNR does not yet know whether it can be replaced. It lies only 40 metres below the surface, and scientists hope to recover some of its instruments.

"We will never get over the loss of life of one of our colleagues," says Marsella.

Regards

Steve Ellwood
Guest on Aug 04, 2007 06:09 (11 years ago)
Hi Seawolf

Some sad news on this vessel:

According to Associated Press and The Peninsulas on line @
http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com

"One missing as ship sinks
Web posted at: 8/4/2007 8:22:30
Source ::: AFP

ROME Thirteen people were rescued and one was missing yesterday after an oceanographic research vessel sank off Sicily, the ANSA news agency reported.

The government vessel Thetis, carrying eight researchers and a crew of six, had "probably" collided with a container ship in thick fog off Sicily's southwestern port of Mazarra del Vallo, a port authority spokesman told AFP.

It sank about four nautical miles from Mazara del Vallo, he said, adding that the accident "probably happened after a collision with a container ship flying a Panamanian flag."

Two helicopters and several coastguard boats were involved in the search for the 14th person, ANSA said."

Regards

Steve Ellwood
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