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Pride of Kent, Heavy contact in Calais.


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Update from Tarbyonline on the situation with Pride of Kent - copied from his post on the DFE forum with his permission:  

The MAIB investigation into this incident is now (finally) out to consultation.  Which means publication of the report won’t be far away.  Not sure how long they give for the consultation stage but I

Yes funny that isnt it???

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France Info are saying the vessel has been blown onto a sandbank within the harbour but she's safe and no injuries are reported which is the main thing. They are aiming to try to refloat her around 17h00 local time which is just before the next high tide.

It's going to play havoc with Calais Port until then; makes a change from striking French fishermen blocking it .....O.o!

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Not doubting it.  What I’m confused about is that she was aground when almost on the berth and now seems to be afloat when sitting on it.  But thinking about it, there’s a simple explanation - tide must have come up a bit.  

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It looks as though with the arrival of tugs Puissant and Triomphant Pride of Kent is now back on her correct berth once again. The 3 vessels held in port for the afternoon sailed an hour ago, Prides of Canterbury, Burgundy and Spirit of Britain are now heading for the harbour entrance so normal service is resuming.

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There is no mention in any of the French press reports I've looked at of her hull being damaged enough to let in water; if that had been the case I doubt she would have sailed to Dunkerque so soon. Very different from most of the English tabloid headlines reporting how she "smashed" into Calais Port. Ok she did rearrange a jetty just a wee bit......:$

It looks as though rather than reversing off the berth to swivel round near the harbour entrance she turned almost immediately, would have then been side on and at her most vulnerable as a violent squall came though and pushed her across the port. With the captain applying full thrust to try and save the situation I imagine the propellors would have bitten into the sandbank and mullered the prop shaft in the process, as happened to Pont Aven in different circumstances last year.

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