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Photographer:Michel FLOCH [View profile]Title:Therese StraubAdded:Oct 19, 2019
Captured:October 16, 2019IMO:UnavailableHits:1,072
Location:Brest, France
Photo Category: Casualties
The inland tanker Therese Straub arrives in Brest towed by the salvage tug Abeille Bourbon.
Originally towed from the Netherlands to Ivory Coast by the Moldavian flagged tug Arion, it broke in two parts in the Northwest of Ushant island.
Having not seen anything, the tug went on.
It was the container ship Saphir that reported the half-ship drifting at the French MRCC Corsen, thus making it possible to stop a danger to navigation.
The tug Arion continued South.
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ENI no.:04017960
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Jens Boldt on Nov 02, 2019 13:10 (9 days ago)
They didn't mind, David.

I erroneously assumed the forward part had sunk, but it did not. It arrived at Dakar on October 29th.
davidships on Oct 24, 2019 12:38 (18 days ago)
I suppose that the Ivorians won't mind getting only half a storage barge instead of a useful tanker.
Michel FLOCH on Oct 24, 2019 09:45 (18 days ago)
And meanwhile, the Arion continues its route to the south, right now off Morocco, doc complice of this trafficking...
Michel FLOCH on Oct 24, 2019 09:39 (18 days ago)
Yes, I agree with you.
And considering the year of construction of this houseboat (1970), it seems consistent.
Jens Boldt on Oct 23, 2019 19:12 (19 days ago)
Sorry, my post was a bit misleading. I did not mean to say they were send to Africa for scrap.

But selling them to Nigeria and other West African countries is an easy way for European owners to dispose of these monohull vessels. And as rd77 pointed out quite a number of them doesn't survive the towing.

These vessels should be scrapped in Europe and not pollute the sea!
rd77 on Oct 23, 2019 18:04 (19 days ago)
Yes these boats are sold to Nigeria for further use (and there are also quite a few that survive the voyage to Nigeria), however a lot of these tankers seem to break apart at sea enroute Nigeria unfortunately.
Michel FLOCH on Oct 23, 2019 17:16 (19 days ago)
I do not think that this is a ship that was sent to Africa to be demolished, since there is no demolition industry in West Africa.
I think rather that this inland tanker was sent there to be used again, otherwise why protect the windows with wooden panels.
Jens Boldt on Oct 20, 2019 10:09 (22 days ago)
So this hazardous disposal of end-of-life inland tankers still keeps going on. This practice should long have been forbidden under severe penalties!
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