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Berkeley - M40

Postby Whickham » Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:49 am

HMS BERKELEY alongside Corporation Quay at Sunderland. Sorry no date on photo.
She was built by Vospers in 1986 and sold the Greece in 2001 becoming their KALLISTO.

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Re: Berkeley - M40

Postby E28 » Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:39 pm

Tuesday 27th October 2020, 0730 local time and the Greek Kallisto, ex Berkeley, has been modified somewhat...

https://www.youtube.com/embed/7VrWyjVBjBA?autoplay=1

Collision with the tin carrier Maersk Launceston off Piraeus but no fatalities.
An abrupt end to one in number mine hunter.

Loads of other images on the net.
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Re: Berkeley - M40

Postby magoonigal » Wed Oct 28, 2020 12:12 am

The commercial vessel involved was the Maersk Launceston, a Portuguese-flagged container ship. At the time of writing, there were no reports of injuries on that ship and it’s unclear what damage it might have suffered. In a tweet, Maersk said: “The vessel has activated its emergency response procedures and the crew has been participating in the rescue operation for the seafarers of the naval vessel.”
The 870-foot, 50,700-gross-tonnage Maersk Launceston had departed Piraeus and was said to be bound for the port of Çanakkale in Turkey. The ship’s present owner is the Essberger company, based in the German port of Hamburg, which describes itself as a “leading operator of chemical tankers within Europe.”
The exact cause of the accident remains unclear, but local media reports described the freighter “passing over” the Greek Navy minehunter as the latter was leaving port. The captain of the Maersk Launceston has reportedly been arrested.
Considering the damage inflicted on the Kallisto, it might be considered fortunate that injuries were limited to two crewmembers. The extent of the damage will likely put the Kallisto out of action for good, although certain items can be recovered and used as spares for the Evropi.
It seems like the standard action is to arrest the Master of the other vessel, regardless of blame.
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Re: Berkeley - M40

Postby Hornbeam » Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:08 pm

Paul, the reason for arresting the Ships Master is because he is also the only Company Representative onboard ship, you may or may not be aware of that, he is effectively being held hostage you could say, Regards, Ron@2
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Re: Berkeley - M40

Postby magoonigal » Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:16 am

Ron, I can agree with him being the Owners Representative, but arresting him is, as you say holding him hostage.

Looking at the pictures its amazing that she is still afloat.
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Re: Berkeley - M40

Postby Hornbeam » Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:10 am

There are other reasons of course, as the Master you would expect him to be on the Bridge when entering Port and indeed when leaving, well that is how it used to be, I wonder if they had a Pilot onboard?
I remember when Wilton joined the Fleet most of the old hands were not keen on the 'Tupperware' build but being Minehunters they are built very strong with plenty of Bulkheads which most probably saved this particular vessel.
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Re: Berkeley - M40

Postby magoonigal » Thu Oct 29, 2020 12:45 pm

Update.

Managers John T. Essberger report that its managed container vessel Maersk Launceston is currently alongside its lay-by berth in the port of Pireaus, Greece following yesterday’s collision with the naval vessel Kallisto. Maersk Launceston has been requested to remain in the area for the time being. Last night additional interviews have been conducted with the crew by local authorities who have meanwhile officially charged the master of the container ship in relation to the incident. A representative of the company has been attending the vessel in order to provide support to the master and crew.

The exact details of the incident which took place early on Tuesday, October 27 are yet unclear. Greek authorities are continuing their investigations to which John T. Essberger will offer its full cooperation
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