Bulgarian bulk carrier and Maersk tanker pushed into windfarms by storm Eunice

Bulk carrier DIAMOND SKY, anchored at Vandelaar Anchorage , North sea, west of Zeebrugge, dragged anchor in Eunice storm in the afternoon Feb 18, and drifted through windfarm mine fields, situated west of Vlissingen, Netherlands – Belgium offshore. By some miracle, the ship didn’t collided with windmills, and later returned to anchorage, understood under own power.
Product tanker MAERSK NIMBUS arrived at Vandelaar Anchorage in the morning Feb 18, waiting to be allowed to dock at port of destination Antwerp. She drifted also in the afternoon Feb 18 into windfarm, and managed to anchor about a cable off a bloody C-power windmill. As of 0812 UTC Feb 19, she was still at anchor, stuck between windmills, offshore tug ALP FORWARD (IMO 9367516) trying to take tanker out of this windmills maze.

Comment: Windfarms are a very clear and present danger to shipping in North sea. Windfarms are, effectively, mine fields, forget about German or British WW mine fields, these modern ones are hardly less dangerous. Merchant Marine is besieged by windfam mine fields; by “pandemic” restrictions; by “sustainable shipping” insanity; by all kinds of authorities; by NGOs and so on. Never before in known history was Merchant Marine so helpless, defenceless, immobilized by the web of laws, restrictions, regulations.

Bulk carrier DIAMOND SKY, IMO 9468138, dwt 55304, built 2013, flag Malta, manager HB SHIPPING CO EAD, Bulgaria.
Product tanker MAERSK NIMBUS, IMO 9724544, dwt 40000, built 3026, flag Denmark.



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