On 1st March, early morning, the ship ‘Felicity Ace’ lost stability as it sank at about 25 nautical miles, equivalent to 46 kilometres, outside the limit of the Economic Zone of Portugal, in an area of which depth is about 3,000 meters.
Some debris and a small stain of oily waste are recorded on the site, which is being dispersed by the water jets of the trailers and which is being monitored by the Department of Pollution of the National Maritime Authority and by European Maritime Security Agency (EMSA).
A push for a Portuguese Air Force C-295 aircraft is also expected. The Navy continues to monitor the situation, namely through the Hydrographic Institute, which keeps the calculations of the drift of the current stain.
The Viana do Castelo class offshore patrol vessel ‘NRP Setúbal’ will return to the sinking area in order to continue monitoring the situation with navy divers and pollution combat equipment, namely ocean barriers for protection/pollution.
As a precautionary measure, one of the trailers that were carrying out the equipment is in traffic to Ponta Delgada to board a reinforcement of pollution combat equipment.
The merchant ship “Felicity Ace”, which sailed 90 nautical miles (about 170 km) southwest of Faial Island, suffered a fire on board last February 16. The 22 crew were rescued and transported safely to Horta airport.
MOL Ship Management (Singapore) updates the situation regarding the ‘Felicity Ace’ car carrier. Initial reports from the local salvage team state that the vessel had sunk at around 9 AM local time having suffered a list to starboard.
The last vessel position was around 220nm off the Azores. The salvage crafts will remain around the area to monitor the situation.
Reference: Marinha Portuguesa | felicity-ace-information-centre.com