© Charlie Hill of Swinefleet near Goole – SEA MAAS.
© Peter William Robinson of Goole – Seen as the BENFIELD.
Rick Cox Collection – As the GLENCLOY discharging round timber, Glasson Dock 17/7/1989.
IDNo: 7330076 – Year: 1974 – Name: SEA MAAS – Keel: 23.5.73 – Type: Cargo ship – Launch Date: 31.8.73 – Flag: United Kingdom – Date of completion: 1.74 – GRT: 498 – DWT: 758 – Yard No: b363/02 – Length overall: 53.5 – LPP: 50.1 – Country of build: POL – Beam: 9.8 – Builder: Tczew SY of Tczew.
Machinery Overview: 1 oil engine reverse reduction geared to screw shaft driving 1 FP propeller – Total Power: Mcr 1,200kW (1,632hp) – Service Speed: 9.50kts.
Prime Mover Detail: Design: MaK, Engine Builder: MaK Maschinenbau GmbH – Kiel – 1 x 6M282AK, 4 Stroke, Single Acting, In-Line (Vertical) – 6 Cy. 240 x 280, Mcr: 1,200 kW (1,632 hp) at 1,000 rpm.
Subsequent History: 86 GLENCLOY – 5.92 (Isle Of Man) 94 BENFIELD – 3.94 (St Vincent & The Grenadines) – 97 (Belize) – 9.99 VICTORIA IV (Honduras) – 1.05 KRISTINA (Cook Islands) – 4.10 FM EXPRESS (St Vincent & The Grenadines) – 10.12 (Sao Tome & Principe)
Casualty report from IHSF:
- CAUGHT FIRE IN ENGINE ROOM IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF BOCAS DE CENIZA, BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA IN LAT. 11 10N., LONG. 074 49W., AT 0900 HOURS LT ON 10/03/13 IN GOOD VISIBILITY.ALL 8 CREW ABANDONED SHIP TO LIFERAFT, RESCUED BY COASTGUARD VESSEL AND TAKEN TO BARRANQUILLA. 4 CREW RECEIVED HOSPITAL TREATMENT FOR MINOR INJURIES. MV ‘UBC SACRAMENTO’ (IMO 9236080) ATTENDED THE SCENE. BLAZE STARTED AFTER SHORT CIRCUIT IN ENGINE ROOM. VESSEL COMPLETELY BURNT OUT. A LARGE NUMBER OF SMALL CARGO ITEMS SPILLED INTO THE SEA. WRECK SUBSEQUENTLY DRIFTED ASHORE NEAR PUERTO COLOMBIA.
An interesting photoset taken at the scene of the accident – © Captain Theo Hinrichs.
A more detailed report from Captain Hinrichs in command of the UBC SACRAMENTO:
vessel was contacted at about 10/0900 LT when approaching Barranquilla anchorage area by Barranquilla Port Control if we can assist in a MayDay situation.
The position received was rather unclear, because the first was a inland position. However we proceeded then northward and could see after 10-15 min some whitish / grey smoke on the horizon. When coming closer we received info from the Control that the crew apparently was able to abandon ship and drifting at the stern of the “FM Express” in the liferaft.
The smoke became really thick. In order to get a close look I approached the ship in dead slow speed, against 30 kn winds, making about 1.8 kn. Stopped for a moment when the stb quarter came into view. There was a raft but nobody inside. The small Coast Guard Boat did not see anything either.
We should because I was maybe one ship length away from it. Plenty cargo was floating around, paper boxes with plastic packaging. Then someone spotted 1.1 nm more to the north a red dot. The roof of another life raft. We proceeded behind the Coast boat with full speed. On the way the Coast guard boat broke down with one engine.
When we arrived the Coast Guard boat was ok again. I manoeuvred the vessel about 1 cable to the wind side. Both side pilot ladders down into the water, lifebuoys and heaving lines stand by. Bringing out the rescue boat would have been a last option if needed.
Then the Coast Guard boat managed again to approach the life raft. I stopped the “UBC Sacramento” in the position and pray (which I don’t do often) that the wind does not push my ship to quick onto the raft. The people managed rather quick to get from the raft to boat. By that time my ship was however only about 30-40 m away from the raft with the stb aft quarter.
On full ahead and hard-a-starboard and I stay clear again. On the way back I made another pass at the burning ship because nobody could tell us if the raft still attached to the vessel was empty or not. However we could not see anything further.
Then I received message from control that on the ship had supposedly been 7 persons and that’s what I counted when they were pulled into the Coast Guard boat.
All in all a adrenaline producing situation.
The UBC SACRAMENTO can be viewed here: http://7seasvessels.com/?p=148785
© Captain Theo Hinrichs – Colombian Coast Guard Saves 7 Crewmembers from Cargo Ship “FM EXPRESS”.
A video showing the Colombian Coast Guard coming to the rescue:
Disposal Data: fire off Barranquilla 10.3.13 [Colon-Puerto Nuevo, general] – Total Loss.