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No: 18744   Contributor: Wilson Adams   Year: 2001   Manufacturer: Bijlsma, Lemmer, Netherlands   Country: United Kingdom

Discharging cement at the Stormont Wharf, Belfast Harbour in 2001,

Name: Swanland
IMO: 7607431
Callsign: E5U2283
Last known flag: COOK ISLANDS

Status: Dead (Lost at sea)
Class society: International Naval Surveys Bureau
Build year: 1977
Builder: Bijlsma Shipyard
Lemmer, Netherlands

Former name(s):
Elsborg (Until 1996 Aug 12)
Artemis (Until 1994 Dec 16)
Elsborg (Until 1988 Nov 14)
Carebeka lx (Until 1983 Jan 14)

Vessel type: Cargo
Gross tonnage: 1,978 tons
Summer DWT: 3,137 tons
Length: 81 m
Beam: 14 m
Draught: 3.6 m
Picture added on 31 December 2011 at 08:26
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Is this the casualty that was swamped by a huge wave in the Irish Sea in a storm and broke her back and going to the bottom?

Added by Dave Forbes on 31 December 2011.
Yes, Dave, if you Google "Swanland sinking" there are a number of reports, which also claim that this ship had a history of unsafe loading which possibly led to its breaking in half.
"Google is your friend!"

Added by Peter Langsdale on 31 December 2011.
Yes, that's the one. She wasn't in great condition either.

Added by Dave Forbes on 31 December 2011.
Interim report issued, news report from the vesseltracker web site:
" The "Swanland" suffered a catastrophic structural failure before sinking, an investigation has found. The ship was in the middle of a gale force storm and 4-m-waves off the Gwynedd coast in November 2011. Giant waves snapped the hull of the ship, which was carrying quarry stone loaded at Raynes Jetty near Llanddulas. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch interim report said the ship sank in around 15 minutes. The report said two questions remained: "The causes of Swanland's catastrophic structural failure, and why only two of the vessel's eight crew survived". Two of the eight Russian crew managed to clamber aboard a life raft and were winched to safety by a rescue helicopter team from RAF Valley. RAF winchman Richard Taylor, who was part of a four-man team which included the Duke of Cambridge, won a bravery award for his efforts during the operation. The body of a third crew member was later recovered from the water but the bodies of the five remaining crew have never been found. The interim report says it expects to complete its investigation by the end of the year and publish a final accident report in April next year."

Added by Peter Langsdale on 06 December 2012.
I dont know if anyone has Googled the Maritime & Coastguard agency website.
In November thirteen ships were under detention in U.K.ports for serious defects, health and safety, forged paperwork for crew members etc.

Added by Andy Wilson on 09 December 2012.
She was found to be structurally unsound, does this mean corporate manslaughter by the owners or shipping managers I wonder?

Added by Dave Forbes on 13 December 2012.
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