Capsized Tug in Rotterdam has been refloated

by Hans | November 18th, 2010

The tug “FAIRPLAY-22” which capsized in Rotterdam on 11th November during the assistance of an incoming ferry has been refloated by Smit Salvage with the help of their sheerleg “Taklift 7”.

After the remaining water had been pumped out of the tug,a search-team tried to locate the still missing Captain inside the tug but was not successful. The master remains missing. Our thoughts are with the families of the two Fairplayers who perished in this tragic accident.


The Police investigation has been finalized and the authorities are presently evaluating their findings, however, the cause of the accident is still unclear at this moment. Meanwhile “FAIRPLAY-22” has been released by the authorities to its owner Fairplay Towage. The tug will be docked shortly and both, owners as well as ship’s insurers will survey the casualty to judge if it still can be repaired. Fairplay Towage, however, has already decided that the name “FAIRPLAY-22” will never be used in the Fairplay-fleet again.

Press Release Fairplay Towage

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