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Sunday, 3 January 2010

Ship hits Woodhouse reef in Sharm El Sheikh.

On 31st of December 2009 The CSCL Hamburg hit Woodhous reef in The Straits of Tiran Nr Sharm El Sheikh.

The ship is in excess of 250m-long. Tat the moment the damage is limited to the bow section. The ship has been grounded on the reef for a few days, and awaits repairs before attempts are made to move it off the reef. The diving industry that made Sharm the busy resort it is today, is very relived that the damage to the reef will be kept to one small area. As there is no evidence of leakage it is hoped there will be not be any contamination to the water which would have a massive adverse effect on the corals and marine life in this underwater area of outstanding natural beauty. However you can imagine the comments about having a nice new wreck on the doorstep!!!!

It is reported that boats in the area overheard VHF radio conversations between the ship’s captain and the authorities. The captain reportedly said that it appears there is no fuel or oil leakages and bilge pumps were coping with the intake of water as the damage was only limited to the bow section and its watertight compartments.
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