Ill fated Amaltal Columbia towed to Lyttelton

by Hans | September 15th, 2012

Fire broke out in the fish meal processing area of the New Zealand flagged trawler Amaltal Columbia in the early hours of Wednesday morning (12.09.12) when the trawler was 85 miles North East of Lyttelton.

Other trawlers were quickly on the scene to recover the crew after the fire couldnt be contained. The Ukrainian trawler Ivan Golubets took the crew on board for return to Lyttelton while the New Zealand trawler San Discovery commenced towing the ship also to Lyttelton. The tow was handed over to local tugs around 2300 that night and the Amaltal Columbia was berthed in port by 0100 the following morning.

Moving out of the inner harbour “dead ship” to wait in the channel for the Amaltal Mariner to take the tow – photo credit by Alan Calvert

Fire crews boarded to continue fire fighting efforts which were largely completed by 0800. Discharge of her fish cargo which had not been damaged by the fire began and was completed Friday 14.09.12. Another company trawler Amaltal Mariner arrived in Lyttelton 15.09.12 to tow the Columbia to her home port of Nelson. Harbour tugs towed the Amaltal Columbia out from the port just after 1300 and the tow was connected by 1430. It is believed that repairs will run into millions of $.

Source & Photo’s Alan Calvert

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