Posted on October 30, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The French-flagged Fishing Vessel, AVEL VOR, started sinking during the evening hours of October the 27th while transiting through the Atlantic.
The vessel, which was operating out of Brittany, had been sailing some 170 nautical miles off the coast of Liberia when the incident occurred.
As she was moving towards her fishing grounds, the vessel collided with an unidentified underwater object. As a result of the collision, the hull was breached, and water started flooding the engine room.
The Captain tried to use the ship’s pumps to manage the water ingress, but it proved to be too much for the vessel’s equipment. He then ordered the crew of 22 seafarers on board the ship to abandon the vessel.
Thankfully, they were picked up by another vessel, The STERENN, belonging to the same ship owner. No injuries were sustained during the incident and the seafarers are all in good health.
In the meantime, the Avel Vor continued sinking and finally disappeared beneath the waves during the morning hours of October the 29th.
Following the sinking, there’s been no reports of pollution in the surrounding area. Two vessels have been mobilized in order to survey the scene and recover any floating objects that could pose a threat to navigation.