Resolve Marine Group has completed towing damaged fertiliser feed ship Cheshire to Spain to offload its cargo. Panama-registered tug Red Sea Fos towed burnt-out 56,597 dwt bulk carrier Cheshire from 18 nautical miles off the south coast of the Canary Islands to the port of Puerto Motril, in southern Spain.
Cheshire was loaded with a full cargo of fertiliser and was on passage from Norway to Thailand to discharge when disaster struck on 12 August. It was scheduled to stop in Las Palmas to take on bunkers, but cargo in two holds caught fire.
Resolve Salvage & Fire was contracted to fight the fire and tow the Bibby Line-owned and V Ships-managed ship to a safe port. According to Resolve Salvage and Fire naval architect Matthew Bierwagen, 1982-built anchor handling tug Red Sea Fos, with 100 tonnes of bollard pull, was hired for the tow work, which commenced on 3 September.
Bibby Line said Cheshire arrived at Puerto Motril on 13 September after Spanish and port authorities approved its port entry. Harbour tugs assisted Red Sea Fos in mooring the damaged ship into port. Bibby expects cargo, which was owned by Yara, will be discharged over the coming days. The ship will need to be inspected and send to a shiprepair yard in the area.