Update: Two Maersk Vessels Sink


Following on from yesterday’s breaking news, there have been some updates on the sinking of two Maersk vessels.

Two Maersk vessels, the Maersk Searcher and the Maersk Shipper (both supply vessels) sank late Wednesday night (December 21). Both vessels were undertow from offshore tug supply vessel Maersk Battler. It is understood that no casualties occurred, nor were any pollutants spilt. Source- Fleetmon.

The ships were being towed by Maersk Battler, to a Turkish shipyard, when they sunk 60 miles off the French coast. The ships were due to be recycled.

 Both vessels, with deadweight of around 3500 tonnes and 82 metres long, had been emptied of fuel and lubricants, Claus Bachmann, chief operating officer of Maersk Supply Service, said in an email.

Maersk Supply Service COO Claus Bachmann said, “The two towed vessels were unmanned,” Bachmann confirmed. “There are 10 people on board the towing vessel Maersk Battler. All are well and accounted for.”

“We are currently investigating the cause of the incident. No further information is available at this point in time,” Bachmann said.

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