Assistance to Spring Oasis
On Thursday 24 February, in heavy seas and a westerly wind of force 8 to 9, the 200-metre bulk carrier Spring Oasis, with a draught of 13 metres, flying the flag of Hong Kong, suffered a propulsion failure in the upstream track of the Pas de Calais rail. She requested a tow and anchored to limit her drift. The Abeille Languedoc set sail as soon as possible at 5:45 pm. Arriving on site at 10 pm, two members of the Abeille’s crew were airlifted to the damaged vessel in the company of the French Navy’s assessment team.
The following night, shortly after midnight, the towline was passed and the vessel was taken in charge by the Abeille Languedoc. In difficult sea conditions, the towing operation lasted until the next morning, Saturday 25 February, at around 3am. The Spring Oasis was safely anchored in the waiting area of the Dick off Dunkirk.
Vessels with damage in the world’s busiest traffic separation scheme present a danger to navigation and a major risk of collision. In these circumstances, the reactivity of the Abeilles teams and the quality of the maintenance of the equipment are essential factors for the success of operations in the best safety conditions.