It may be a while before we find out precisely why the nature reserve that is the Farne Islands awoke to find Danio, an 80m, 1,800dwt coaster with a crew of 6 parked (we can hardly say berthed) within its sacred confines.
Embarrassingly she was hard under the lighthouse and near totally embayed, but with her fl at bottom, and by great luck finding the nearest equivalent to a shelf within the rocks, pollution was avoided, her double bottom taking the brunt of the damage. She certainly received much publicity especially in the North East where such stories are followed avidly, especially where there is just embarrassment but seemingly little harm done.
It is usually human error or weakness in such cases. One can hardly blame the technology that ships have on the bridge these days. After all, if the electronics are malfunctioning it can only mean they are being over-relied upon if a ship ends up like this.
They could not discharge her timber cargo in this position but she sat safe with bad weather passing over her, well ballasted down until the spring tides made again. She was finally re-floated on a 3am tide after 12 days still with her cargo and her fuel tanks intact. She was towed off by the Norwegian owned usually Southampton based tug Lomax (see Tugs and Tows May 13). Danio was taken to Blyth and her timber offloaded before the 1966 vintage Polish tug Cyklop took her away supposedly to be repaired at Swinoujscie, Poland. She is well known on the UK coast, having been to Blyth before. It looks like she will sail again but maybe with a new name after this debacle.
She had been carrying timber from Perth, from up the River Tay, to Antwerp and many people in the UK would be surprised that there are such exports from this, so called, advanced Western European economy. It is quite startling how much of UK export tonnage now is in the form of basic raw materials that are sent elsewhere for processing.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - June 2013 Issue -->
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