Russian reefer troubled in South Atlantic

Reefer SOLARTE was caught in rough weather off Namibia coast in South Atlantic, while en route from Walvis Bay to Beira Mozambique with cargo of fish, crack in hull in cargo holds area developed on Jul 23, followed by water ingress. According to Lloyd’s report, crack emerged on Jul 24. Reefer interrupted her voyage to call Cape Town, for inspection and repairs. According to Lloyd, tug was contracted for towage. According to track, reefer reached Cape Town sailing most of the way under own power, she was berthed on Jul 26.
Reefer SOLARTE, IMO 8210285, dwt 3919, built 1982, flag Moldova, manager Arctic Shipping LLC, S-Petersburg.

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Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.