Storm Desmond rips into ships around the UK

Gale force winds that battered the British coastline this weekend resulted in at least two shipping casualties.

The German owned EMS Majestic, a 19-year-old general cargo vessel, had to be towed to port on the south coast after it stared taking on water yesterday. It had issued a Mayday call from its position in the Dover Strait just after 19:00 hrs on Sunday.

Meanwhile, a car carrier suffered a nasty gash on its bow when it crashed against another ship on the east coast of the UK. The 5,000 dwt Japanese owned City of Rotterdam will require extensive repairs to a gaping hole at the prow of the ship.

Britain was hit by 70 mph winds and severe flooding over the weekend as Storm Desmond caused huge damage.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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