Storm-battered ship finally to leave Sunderland’s port

The Croation ship Molat, which had to put into Sunderland after her cargo of timber moved on deck and became unsafe, leaves Sunderland this week.
The Croation ship Molat, which had to put into Sunderland after her cargo of timber moved on deck and became unsafe, leaves Sunderland this week.
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A STORM-BATTERED ship which ran into difficulties off the Wearside coast is set to leave port after undergoing repairs.

The 28,300 tonne Croatian vessel, which was listing in choppy waters 40 miles out in the North Sea, arrived at the Port of Sunderland more than a month ago.

The bulk carrier had set off from Norrköping, Sweden, to Alexandria, Egypt, on January 21, with 20 crew on board.

But the 172-metre ship, which was listing by about five degrees, was diverted to the UK the following day so its cargo, thousands of tonnes of timber, could be secured.

It is believed the problem was caused when its wood load froze, making it heavier, and it shifted to one side.

Now, after repair work was completed by engineers in Sunderland, it is set to leave.

Andrew Dobson, from the ship’s agency Denholm Wilhelmsen Limited, said: “Everyone has worked together really well.

“The repairs have gone according to plan and the port has done us proud.

“We want to thank everyone who has helped us. We’re hoping that it will be ready to leave Sunderland on Sunday.”

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