Ship loaded with containers lists: “Container lifted to use large pump” (Meerhout)

Ship loaded with containers lists: “Container lifted to use large pump” (Meerhout)
Ship loaded with containers lists: “Container lifted to use large pump” (Meerhout)
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Meerhout/Laakdal/Ham

Firefighters from the Kempen fire zone spent hours on Friday pumping water from the hold of a barge that was in danger of sinking. The Sjanarda-B was moored for the extended weekend along the bank of the Albert Canal near Nike in Laakdal. “A skipper who was passing saw that the ship was abnormally tilted in the water,” says Bart Staquet of the Kempen fire zone. “He notified the emergency services.”

For some reason that is still unclear, a large amount of water had ended up in the hold. Because no one was on board, it is not clear how long the infiltration has been going on. “There were ten containers in the hold,” says Bart Staquet. “Six containers were empty, four were filled with copper. We immediately started pumping. That was not so easy because, in addition to the shifted load, there was little space to put a pump in the water.”

The pump capacity was sufficient to prevent the ship from listing further. “We called a towing service and they took one of the containers off board. Then there was sufficient space available to use heavier pumps.”

Faster

After that it went a lot faster. “But we still had to continue pumping because the water that had flowed into the containers also started to flow out again. In that phase, we still had to keep a close eye on the stability of the whole.”

“The water in the hold was not contaminated. We quickly received permission from the Vlaamse Waterweg to immediately let the pumped water flow back into the canal.”

Bart Staquet

Kempen fire zone

There is little or no environmental damage from the incident. “The water in the hold was not contaminated. We quickly received permission from the Vlaamse Waterweg to immediately let the pumped water flow back into the canal. Mandatory capture and removal would have delayed the operation.”

Divers also arrived on site during the day. They searched below the waterline for the place where the water entered the ship. Based on the observations made by the divers, it is decided whether the ship can sail to a repair site or whether on-site interventions are required.

Because the ship was moored neatly along the bank, there were hardly any problems for the rest of the shipping traffic on the Albert Canal.

The article is in Dutch

Belgium

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