The 102 meter long ferry Panagia Parou sank in the Bay of Algeciras at port of Algeciras (Cádiz), Spain. The ferry had sustained damage after strong winds caused the vessel’s mooring ropes to snap. The ferry struck against the pier and suffered a hull breach at the stern. With no crew on board, the flooding continued unabated and the Panagia Parou began to sink.
Port authorities were alerted and attempted to keep the ferry afloat, but the vessel had sunk by the stern with the bow up in the air. Booms were placed around the Panagia Parou as a precautionary measure. A few hours later, the Panagia Parou capsized and sank on its port side.
The Panagia Parou had been docked at the port since March 2013 and later abandoned by its owners. Reports state the owners had failed to pay for repairs and the vessel had been detained. Authorities later emptied the vessel’s tanks and removed all fuel and oil contaminates. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 88 meter long, 3020 dwt freighter Celtic Carrier caught fire off Cape Trafalgar, Cadiz, Spain. The Celtic Carrier had departed from Gibraltar bound for Belfast with a cargo of cement and a crew of eight when a fire broke out in the vessel’s superstructure. The fire started in a cabin and spread to several other cabins. The crew sent out distress call with the Spanish Navy ship Malaspina and the vessel Salvamar Atria responding. The Malaspina dispatched a fire fighting team to the Celtic Carrier who help fight the fire while the Salvamar Atria assisted. The combined efforts were able to extinguished the blaze. No reports of injuires, but the fire disabled the vessel. The Celtic Carrier was taken under tow by a tug to Cadiz for repairs.
The 264 meter long, 6500 dwt passenger ship Mein Schiff 2 allided with a container crane while attempting to dock at Cadiz, Spain. The Mein Schiff 2 was pushed by a strong wind gust into the crane damaging several balcony cabins and several railings. Further attempts to dock were aborted and the passenger ship continued on to the next scheduled port of Malaga. No one was injured in the incident. Passengers who had their cabin damage were given different accommodations. The Mein Schiff 2 was on a twelve day cruise around western Europe.