The 55 meter long, 471 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Soby capsized at Mindelo, Sao Vincente Island, Cape Verde. The Soby was unloading containers when one container slid on the vessel’s deck. The ferry continued to tilt with a heavy list to port. All the crew evacuated the Soby before it capsized and partially sank on its port side hull.
There are no reports of water pollution, but authorities are monitoring the area for leaks. Salvage operations will begin on the next high tide. Reports state the vessel had over 1oo tons of cargo still on board at the time.
On January 8, the 57 meter long, 200 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Vicente sank off Sao Filipe, Fogo Island, Cape Verde. The ferry left Praia with 22 passengers and 4 crew along with a cargo of vehicles and containers bound for Sao Filipe. The ferry was dealing with heavy weather when the ferry sank 3 nautical miles off Fogo Island. Authorities dispatched two vessels to scene to search for survivors. Initial reports stated 3 survivors were pulled from the water. As search and rescue operations continued, another 8 survivors were rescued. Three bodies were also recovered. An official stated there was still 12 missing, but the chances to find additional survivors were low. The cause of the sinking was no reported. Some reports have alluded that the ferry may have been overloaded while authorities have stated the cause was the bad weather.