|The listing Emsstrom leaving Emden sea harbour|
A video showing the Emsstrom leaving Emden sea harbour in Germany and already listing several degrees to starboard makes for interesting viewing. The vessel, under tow by the tug Christos 22, sank approximately 2.5 nautical miles North East of Hope's Nose on January 14th 2013.
Here is an extract from a legal site:
There are no fixed criteria setting the standard for a vessel's seaworthiness. As a general rule however, a vessel will be found seaworthy if it is reasonably fit for its intended purpose, whether that be as a towed vessel, a towing vessel, a cargo-carrying vessel or a passenger-carrying vessel.
A vessel so evidently listing in calm waters would appear to be in a questionable state. If you were a marine underwriter, would you have been happy to see this video?
The wreck of the Emsstrom is proving to be a popular destination for local divers. There is a dive scheduled for next Sunday 27th September from 9:45 - 12:45.