Romanian Casualties


Romanian Casualties
29.09.1976 - "RARAU"  Romanian; motor stern trawling fish factory; Ministerul Industriei Alimentare (Intreprinderea de Pescuit Oceanic); 1972; Stocznia Gdanska, Gdansk; 2,681; 88.02 x 14.53 x 9.73 metres.
  Over nine years after the loss of the "Torrey Canyon" in the same area, the Romanian motor stern trawling factory ship "Rarau" was wrecked when she ran aground on the north rock of the Seven Stones Reef, off the Isles of Scilly, on September 29, 1976. All of her enormous complement of 84 men was safely rescued by another Romanian fish factory, the "Moldoveanu", when her engine-room and holds flooded. They were then landed at Falmouth. The "Rarau" subsequently slipped off the reef a week later and sank in deep water. (from Maritime Casualties 1963-1996 by N.Hooke)


01.02.1981 - "HARGHITA"  Romanian; motor stern-trawling fish factory; Ministerul Industriei Alimentare (Intreprinderea de Pescuit Oceanic); 1974;  Stocznia Gdanska im. Lenina, Gdansk; 2,632; 88.30 x 15.04 x 9.76 metres.
  On February 1, 1981, while in the Romanian River Danube port of Tulcea, an explosion occurred in the engine-room of the Romanian motor stern-trawling fish factory "Harghita". One crew member died and another three suffered serious injuries. Having sustained hull damage due to the explosion, the vessel sank to the bottom of the river. She was subsequently declared a constructive total loss. (from Maritime Casualties 1963-1996 by N.Hooke)


08.03.1985 - "POSTAVARUL"  Romanian; motor stern-trawling fish factory; Government of Romania; 1984; Santierul Naval Braila, Braila; 3,971; 101.78 x 15.24 x 9.76 metres.
  The one-year-old Romanian motor stern-trawling fish factory "Postavarul" sank following a collision in bad visibility with the Ivory Coast motor vessel "Ono" off the coast of Mauritania in lat. 19°57'N, long. 17°25'W, on March 8, 1985. Two of her 85 crewmen were lost. The "Postavarul" had an insured $12.09m (£11.51m). (from Maritime Casualties 1963-1996 by N.Hooke)


07.10.1987 - "SEMENIC" Romanian; motor stem trawling fish factory; Intreprinderea de Pescuit Oceanic; 1973; Stocznia Gdanska im. Lenina, Gdansk; 2,632 grt; 88.65 x 15.04 x 7.45.
  As a result of the severity of the damage sustained due to a fire that broke out in the engine-room and then spread to the superstructure of the 14-year-old motor stern-trawling fish factory "Semenic" while fishing off Namibia on October 7, 1987, she was  subsequently settled as a constructive total loss. During the fire-fighting operations, she also sustained serious damages to her hull due to salvage vessels coming alongside in the open sea. The "Semenic" was loaded with refrigerated fish and fishmeal at the time of the incident. The "Semenic" was towed firstly to Walvis Bay, where provisional repairs were effected for safety purposes during November and December, 1987, then to Romania, where she remained for a lengthy period in an unrepaired state. She was eventually sold to Turkish shipbreakers for scrapping, being towed to Aliaga in April, 1994. Demolition commenced on May 2, 1994. (from Maritime Casualties 1963-1996 by N.Hooke)


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