Posted on August 29, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Spanish Navy Minesweeping vessel, Turia, went aground during the morning hours of August the 27th while transiting off the coast of Cartagena, Spain.
The incident occurred during a salvage operation; the vessel was engaged in the search for the wreckage of the C101 trainer fighter jet that crashed on Monday, costing the pilot his life.
The crew was immediately evacuated from the vessel, with the help of a series of smaller ships that were part of the original search for the fighter jet.
According to initial reports, the grounding has caused some considerable damage to the ship. The vessel has started to experience water ingress and several compartments have flooded in the process.
Unfortunately, adverse weather conditions in the area have complicated any efforts to fully assess hull damage.
A Spanish Navy diving team was on standby, waiting for weather to improve so that they could fully examine the ship exterior.
On August the 28th, the weather improved, allowing a salvage team to bring in a barge and start removing fuel from the Turia’s tanks.
Reportedly, over 15 tonnes of fuel have been removed so far, further minimising the risk of pollution in preparation for a refloating operation.
Currently, there are plans to tow the vessel into the port of Cartagena so that essential repairs might take place.