Cargo ship hits rock on maiden voyage

The new vessel Heulin Dispatch ran aground on Friday evening on her maiden voyage from Southampton to the Channel Islands.

Huelin Dispatch screenshot

Heulin Dispatch accident – Screenshot shipfinder.co

The vessel hit a rock off Alderney at around 18:4o BST.

Shortly afterwards the RNLI Lifeboat 14-04 (Roy Barker One) was dispatched arriving at the cargo vessel soon afterwards.

Heulin Dispatch was assessed and headed to Falmouth at half speed for repair work.

The new supply route was expected to take the ship from Southampton to Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney before returning to Southampton.

A statement on the Heulin-Renouf Shipping website confirmed the incident and the fact that the crew and cargo are safe and sound.

The statement goes on to say that “There is a specific challenge with the Alderney cargo which we are managing, otherwise our service continues to run as normal.”

and that “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved in managing this incident for their help and support.”

We tracked the incident here on shipfinder.co – http://shipfinder.co/ship/250002688/time/2012-09-21T17:10:00%20UTC

Huelin Dipsatch: MMSI 250002688

Data source : http://shipfinder.co/ship/250002688

 

The £8.8m Huelin Renouf Dispatch hit a rock off the coast of Alderney at around 19:00 BST on Friday.

The captain of the new 90m (295ft) vessel issued a distress call after running aground on an isolated rock one and a half miles south-west of Alderney.

Damage to the Dispatch was assessed and it was found that water was coming in at the stern of the stricken vessel, which had a crew of eight.

The leak was contained and the 2,500-ton ship was floated off the rock just before 20:00 BST before heading to Falmouth at half-speed, where it is now in dry dock.

and back to Southampton.

Richard Evans, chief executive of Huelin Renouf Shipping, said the crew and cargo were safe.

He said: “We have initiated the most appropriate contingency plan to ensure that we continue to deliver to our customers.

“There is a specific challenge with the Alderney cargo which we are managing, otherwise our service continues to run as normal.”

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