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Sea Express I - The Day After

Photographs  John H. Luxton & Ian Collard 2007

SEA EXPRESS I seen on Sunday morning - February 04, 2007 the day after the collision with the bulk carrier ALASKA RAINBOW. SVITZER BIDSTON had returned to the stage to join her fleet mate OAKGARTH. SEA EXPRESS I whilst still down by the stern starboard quarter appeared to have regained some trim compared to the previous evening.

On Saturday it was understood that there was to be an attempt to move her to Cammell Laird's on Sunday morning, however, this did not materialise. It was later suggested that a move would be made on Wednesday. The move actually taking place on Monday February 05.



During Sunday afternoon Yokohama fenders were inserted between the ship and the stage to provide more space for divers who were due to carry out an inspection during the early evening at low water.

The starboard engine and jet room are flooded. On Sunday afternoon damage which is just 25mm above the waterline was being welded.

SEA EXPRESS I can only be moved in still waters and it is deemed too dangerous to go in 'locks' due to possible contact damage causing engine room bulkhead failure.

Apparently thanks to prompt action of the tugs yesterday a much greater mishap was avoided as there existed a danger that she might have been carried upstream into the Twelve Quays river terminal after all power was lost.

A salvage contract with Svitzer-Weismuller has been agreed and their representatives are on board.


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