Presse

CEMFJORD:

PENTLAND FIRTH

 

Monday, January 5, 2015


It is with great sadness that Brise of Hamburg, operators of the capsized cement carrier Cemfjord, report that the extensive air and sea search in the Pentland Firth has produced no trace of the missing crew of eight.

 

The upturned hull of the Cemfjord was discovered last Saturday by a local ferry. A major search and rescue operation was launched, involving a Royal Navy frigate, a Coastguard tug, two helicopters, a fixed wing aircraft and five lifeboats. Despite the best efforts of the search teams, no crew members were found. Brise is doing everything it can to support the families caught up in this tragedy.

 

The company is now beginning to assess the next phase of operations. This will begin with the use of a sonar-equipped vessel to pinpoint the wreck and investigate its attitude in relation to the seabed.

 

Investigations into the cause of the accident are being carried out by Brise, the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the flag of registry, Cyprus.


Media Contact: Brise spokesperson: Tony Redding +44 7768 394 699

 

 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

 


An intensive air and sea search has yet to locate the missing eight crew of the cement carrier Cemfjord, which capsized in a storm off the north coast of Scotland. Brise of Hamburg, the vessel managers, regret that despite the best efforts of the search teams, no trace has been found of the Cemfjordís crew. The search has been suspended for the night.

 

During Sunday (January 4), the naval vessel HMS Somerset searched an area in the west of the Pentland Firth while a fixed wing aircraft searched to the east. A coastguard helicopter and four lifeboats also participated in the search.

 

During the night Sunday/Monday the Coastguard tug Herakles, will remain at the presumed position of the submerged Cemfjord.

 


Media Contact: Tony Redding +44 7768 394 699

 

 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

 

 

Brise of Hamburg, managers of the cement carrier Cemfjord, deeply regret to confirm that this vesselís crew of eight are missing following a severe accident in the Pentland Firth, off the North of Scotland, yesterday (Friday, January 2). No distress call was received from the vessel. Bad weather prevailed in the area at the time and conditions remain difficult at the scene, with storm force winds. The crew consists of seven Polish seafarers and one Filipino mariner. The company is in the process of informing the families.

The upturned hull of Cemfjord was seen by a local ferry and, in response, Shetland Coastguard mounted a major search and rescue operation. The search continued throughout Saturday (today) and will resume at first light tomorrow, Sunday January 4.

 

Notes:
- Cemfjord was built in 1984, as a general cargo vessel and was converted in 1998 for the carriage of cement.

- The vessel had loaded a cargo of 2,000 tonnes of cement at Aalborg, Denmark, and was proceeding to the UK port of Runcorn, with an ETA of Monday January 5.

- The Cemfjord successfully completed her classification renewal inspections during December 2014.

 


Media Contact: Tony Redding +44 7768 394 699 

 

 

 

  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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