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Dockwise’s Mighty Servant 3 sinks

An investigation has been launched after Dockwise’s Mighty Servant 3 vessel sank off the coast of Angolaafter unloading a drilling platform.

Dockwise said the semi submersible heavy transport vessel developed a list and sank after the offloading of the Aleutian Key platform, and is now submerged in 62 meters of water. The drilling platform did not sustain any damage and is underway to its drilling location.

Dockwise said in a statement: “All of the 21 crew of the vessel have been taken off and are on their way to the Port of Luanda on board of one of the supporting vessels on stand by during the offloading. The 83 crew of the drilling platform were all safely on board of the drilling platform at the moment of the incident.”

The vessel is approximately one mile off the North Angolan coast and very close to the entrance of the port of Luanda. Local authorities have been informed and are assisting in the response effort. The cause of the incident is not known at this time, but is being investigated.

The 27,720 dwt. vessel is Dutch flagged and sails with a combination of Dutch and Filipino crew. Families of the crew members have been informed. Crew members will be repatriated to their home destinations as soon as possible.

Mighty Servant 3 has an open deck of 40 metres wide and 140 metres long. The vessel can move cargoes weighing up to 25,000 tons.
This is not the first Mighty ship to sink in 1999, the Mighty Servant 2 capsized near the Indonesian island of Singkep off the coast of Sumatra after striking a previously uncharted rock pinnacle in 32m of water. The ship was carrying production modules fabricated in Korea for the North Nemba project in Angola. Although the accident occurred on a calm day with flat seas, the Mighty Servant capsized within four minutes resulting in five fatalities.

The vessel was declared a total loss by its insurance underwriters and was sold for scrap. In November 2000, it arrived in Alang, India where it was broken up

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