Late at night Feb 28 drilling ship WEST TAURUS broke off her mooring in Santa Cruz de Tenerife Harbor during the passage of cyclone Emma, drifted and allided with berthed container ship SPICA. SPICA suffered hull breach underwater with ensuing water ingress, situation was taken under control by 0530 LT Mar 1, with breach being sealed and water pumped out. Drilling ship was taken to berth. Photos La Voz de Cadiz
According to information sent to MB by local source, WEST TAURUS broke bollard, SPICA sustained serious damage and was (is?) in critical condition.
Drilling ship WEST TAURUS, IMO 8768414, GT 30147, built 2008, flag Panama, operator SEADRILL DEEPWATER CHARTERER LTD, BERMUDA.
Container ship SPICA, IMO 9083043, dwt 8932, capacity 749 TEU, built 1994, flag Germany, manager REEDEREI H.-P. WEGENER.