Former Søby ferry capsized in Cape Verde
Photo: Sven Petersen
The former Søby ferry capsized at the dock in Mindelo harbor on Sao Vicente, Cape Verde. It happened while it was unloading cargo. One of the containers shifted in the loose cargo on the ship. The ferry edged to portside and capsized at the dock.
The ship ended up upside down partially under water. There were no people injured in the accident and there are no reported casualties as all the crew left the ship when it began to topple. Local authorities are planning the salvage of the ferry. The vessel will be towed to another location in the bay when it is afloat again.
According to witnesses, only two containers had been unloaded as the cargo displaced itself and caused the capsizing. The ro-ro passenger ship Søby was loaded with containers, cargo and two cars, a total of 185 tons. There is no report on pollution, but the area is under the supervision of harmful releases.
The ferry came to Søby 37 years ago, but had by then sailed under the name of M/S Østbornholm. The Søby ferry was built in 1966 in Kalmar in Sweden. The ferry was put up for sale by the Company Ærøfærgerne in 2012.
Source: Maritime Herald / Maritime Denmark