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Freighter runs aground off Newport, RI

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Postby Paul » Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:55 pm


Freighter runs aground off Newport, RI, near Castle Hill Lighthouse :roll:

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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Fri Feb 11, 2005 4:47 am


Membership only, Paul. But it sure doesn't sound good! :(
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Postby kinnakeet » Fri Feb 11, 2005 6:35 am


So glad no fuel was spilled and no one was injurned.
They were lucky.
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Postby Grover1 » Fri Feb 11, 2005 6:48 am


Interesting last line ..

It's unclear whether a pilot was guiding the ship when it grounded.


Pleading my ignorance in such matters, but since not in open seas when off Castle Hill, what could be a reason there wouldn't be a pilot guiding the ship? Or, is the inference that someone below the level of pilot was guiding the ship?

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Postby kinnakeet » Fri Feb 11, 2005 7:00 am


Very well could of been someone inexperienced or maybe the capt. decided to take a nap :roll:
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Postby Hersh » Fri Feb 11, 2005 9:39 am


#-o

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Postby island » Fri Feb 11, 2005 9:54 am


Barry,

Rhode Island law states that a licensed pilot is required to be taken on and employed by any large vessel operating in Narragansett Bay North of a line drawn between Pt. Judith and Sakonnet Point. Castle Hill Light is North of this line. It will be interesting to see the findings of the CG investigation of this grounding.

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Postby island » Sat Feb 12, 2005 8:31 am


No room at the Inn; for a freighter at the Castle Hill Inn, that is.

NEWPORT - A 350-foot freighter went aground Thursday night near Castle Hill Light, landing on rocks at the foot of the Inn at Castle Hill before a tug boat freed it more than three hours after it crashed.

The freighter, Mantenha, homeported in Madeira, Portugal, was carrying eight crewmembers and a pilot when it landed on the rocks. Coast Guard Petty Officer David Allyn said the freighter was headed north to Fall River, Mass., to pick up a cargo of dry goods when it went aground about 6:20.

There were no reported injuries, Allyn said. The Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Providence is investigating the crash.

Allyn said the hull of the ship sustained gashes and other damage. "We were very lucky in that no fuel leaked," he said.

The crash was an intrusion on an otherwise relatively quiet night at the Inn at Castle Hill. Waiter Armand Aloi, 30, was standing at the wait station at the back of the dining room when he heard a crash.

"It sounded like an earthquake," Aloi said. "But you don't get many of those around here. I heard it and then it was right on the rocks with its lights off. Once it hit the rocks, its lights came back on.

"There was a lady sitting by herself over there (a table at a seaside window) and she didn't know what to think," he said. "She was the only one here, and she saw this ship hitting the rocks."

Aloi said ships and pleasure boats regularly pass the inn, particularly in summer. It's not unheard of to see a disabled sailing vessel or hear of an accident involving a powerboat, he said.

"But I've never seen anything like this," he said. "It's something I'll remember for years."

Cargo ships routinely pass Castle Hill Light, Aloi said, "But they usually keep going."

Desk clerk Andy Musgrave was at his post just past the inn's entrance. "The whole building shook," Musgrave said. "The sound was like someone throwing a suitcase down the stairs. It was kind of a rumbling sound."

Several Coast Guard vessels were called to Castle Hill. Newport police and firefighters, as well as federal customs agents were at the scene, as winds whipped off the waters with even a brief spate of flurries.

Allyn said a privately contracted tugboat managed to free the Mantenha, pulling it with cables. "I'm really astonished that they were able to get it off the rocks," Allyn said. "But they did. Ships and rocks don't mix."


Coast Guard investigation:
A Coast Guard spokesman says today that crew members' failure to do maintenance on some steering equipment led a 231-foot Portuguese freighter to run aground last month near Castle Hill Light in Newport, where the vessel sustained a gash but did not leak fuel. The freighter Mantenha, bound from Cape Verde to Fall River, went aground on Feb. 10. There were no injuries and the vessel, which carries dry cargo, not petroleum products, had empty containers aboard that evening -- so there was no pollution involved. The Mantenha, with a home port of Madeira, Portugal and manned by a Cape Verdean crew and Lithuanian officers, had a 1-by-1.5-foot gash suffered when it ran onto rocks near the Inn at Castle Hill. The gash was in an area of the freighter known as the forepeak tank, which is designed to hold water to balance the ship depending on cargo load. The vessel took on a small amount of water. Pennington said vessels will often be on autopilot until they reach coastal waters, where they switch back to manual control. In essence, he said, when the Mantenha switched to manual control, the steering system uses a different set of piping. The investigation found a lack of hydraulic fluid in that piping, which prevented the ship from maneuvering properly.
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Postby island » Tue Apr 05, 2005 6:39 pm


Coast Guard investigation has determined the cause for this ship grounding was mechanical failure of the steering system.

http://www.turnto10.com/news/4318816/detail.html
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Postby plebetkin » Wed Apr 06, 2005 3:27 pm


thank goodness no one was hurt and their was no spillage of goods
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Postby island » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:00 pm


This is the Mantenha that grounded at Newport. It is similar but shorter than the Lysfoss. Both ships grounded for having problems with the helm (steering).

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=102575
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Apparently Lysfoss is quite familiar with shoreline.
I think this photo was an earlier grounding Feb. 28, 2001.
http://newsfile.photoshelter.com/image/I00003mKVGENaT.A
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Postby island » Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:34 pm


Unlike the February 28 grounding of the Lysfoss for loss of helm electric power causing of steering control the grounding on May 7 at the entrance to the Sound of Mull appears to have been more related to the person at the helm and not the equipment. When proceeding through the bay the ship did not make the required turn southerly when passing Rubha Nan Gall lighthouse to enter the Sound. This is the subsequent incident investigation report and findings.
http://www.maib.gov.uk/cms_resources.cfm?file=/lysfoss.pdf
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