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Full City under repair in Gothenburg
Ships and Harbours
 No: 12370   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Hakodate Dock, Tokyo, Japan   Country: Sweden
Full City under repair in Gothenburg

Bulk carrier photographed at the CityVarvet dry dock on 5 November 2009. She was holed on rocks off Norway in July - see the extracts from new reports below.
IMO 9073672, Flag: Panama, Built in 1995 by Hakodate Dock, Tokyo, Japan, yard no. 755.
Length overall: 167.2 m, Breadth extreme: 26 m, Draught: 9.54 m.
GRT: 15,873.
Engine: Kobe Diesel 1D 2 SA 6 CY, 5 kW. Speed: 17 knots.
From news reports:
This bulk cargo carrier grounded on July 31 2009 at 00:23 local time close to the town of Langesund in Telemark, Norway.
She had a Chinese crew of 23 at the time of the incident, and was being operated by the Hong-Kong based “Cosco” shipping company.
Full City had an estimated 1,000 tons of heavy bunker oil (IF 180) and approximately 120 tons of marine diesel oil on board and was in ballast condition when grounding.
A considerable amount of oil spilled from the vessel, and pollution was observed in the area from Stavern to Grimstad.
Norwegian and Panamanian accident investigators have retrieved part of the starboard anchor of the Full City, which drifted onto rocks during a storm, spilling hundreds of litres of oil. The fluke apparently broke off during the storm, explaining why the Chinese captain mistakenly believed the ship was safely anchored.
Picture added on 06 November 2009 at 09:50
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From the vesseltracker web site:
"A crew from the guided-missile cruiser "Bunker Hill" boarded a suspected pirate vessel while responding to a distress call on May 5, 2011. The vessel worked with international forces to assist the "Full City". The "Bunker Hill" was assisted by the USS "Carl Vinson". The UK Maritime Trade Organization received had passed the distress call of the "Full City" to the Navy’s 5th Fleet. The "Bunker Hill" and "Carl Vinson" were the closest naval vessels to the Full City and set their courses to intercept it. The Turkish "Giresun" also respondedand sent a team aboard the "Full City". The "Bunker Hill" approached the dhow, which was believed to be the mothership for the pirate attack. An SH 60 Sea Hawk helicopter fired warning shots to stop the dhow and instructed the suspected pirates to move to its bow. In the early evening, a team from the "Bunker Hill" boarded the dhow. They found and destroyed paraphernalia, including weapons, excessive fuel and other equipment and sank a small skiff being towed by the dhow."

Added by Peter Langsdale on 08 May 2011.
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