Holy House reefer sank – two missing

by Hans | March 31st, 2010

The 1982-built reefer Kea operated by Stockholm based Holy House sank at around 2 pm on Tuesday about 200 nautical miles northwest off Cape Villano, Galicia. Two crew members are missing, the remaining 22 were rescued by Spanish and Portugese search and rescue units.

The vessel was en route from St Petersburg to Colombia with a cargo of ammonium nitrate when it met severe weather conditions. At 9 pm on Monday the vessel transmitted distress signals.   ”According to the master, the crew tried to steer against the sea but the vessel was hit by three consecutive giant waves that caused a severe list and cargo shifting”, says Mats Ruhne, managing director of Holy House. Two vessels arrived at the scene a couple of hours after the distress signal, but could not assist in the rough weather. The vessels maintained communications with the Spanish search and rescue service as Kea had lost power. The SAR units arrived after about ten hours and the crew was safely evacuated.  Including the two missing seafarers, the crew consisted of two Croats, one Russian, one Ghananian, one Latvian and 19 Filipinos. KEA is P&I covered by Gard.
Source: Shipgaz – Pierre Adolfsson

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