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After hitting a wind ranch, a weight boat arrives in Germany with a large hole.
By Sea and Coast | 27/04/2023
Germany's water police are exploring what they accept might be the main case in which a  performing dealer transport in progress struck a North Ocean wind estate. The police say that the captain of the boat hasn't explained why his boat got a hole forward on the starboard side that is" the size of a barn door."   
In the Equasis database, the general  weight boat PetraL.( 1,685 dwt) is registered in Antigua and Barbuda for a German  proprietor named MP Shipping of Hamburg. The 39- time-old vessel left Szczecin, Poland on April 22  piled with 1,500 tons of gain  fated for Antwerp. She arrived in Emden, Germany, three days  latterly, beforehand on April 25. The  harborage authorities noticed the  peering hole and reported it to the police.   
Media reports said the water police were at first exploring the  occasion on the  thesis that the vessel had hit a drifting item. According to police reports, the hole that penetrates the  housing is  roughly 10  bases by 16  bases( 3  measures by 5  measures). Three officers and three members of the crew were working on the vessel, they reported. They did not get hurt.     
The drivers of the Gode Wind  point, which is  roughly 25  long hauls off the German seacoast in the North Sea, informed the German authorities after they inquired with them that their detectors at the wind  ranch hadn't detected any problems. still, a  copter was used on Wednesday morning to conduct a alternate  check of the wind  ranch, which has been in operation since 2017 and consists of 97 turbines divided into two sections. The visual  check reportedly revealed" a small  quantum of damage" in the field, which rsted  also reportedly  verified to the German authorities. 
There were no specifics in the reports.   According to the German authorities, a review of the vessel's data and AIS position reveals that it was  long hauls  out course. They're estimating that the boat was moving along automatically and for obscure reasons floated or veered off from its course. The information is  reckoned for to show that the vessel  also eased back speed emphatically  previous to modifying direction. They believe that the vessel was  suitable to  do to  harborage without reporting the incident because the North Sea's rainfall was favorable.   
After speaking with  attorneys, the vessel's Russian captain promises a complete statement. He's  presently being  indicted by German authorities of failing to report a maritime accident. Depending on the  outgrowth of the  disquisition,  fresh charges may be added.   They claim that this is the first time a vessel traveling at high speed has struck a wind  ranch. Three people were injured when a support vessel servicing another wind  ranch in the North Sea struck one of the  halls three times agone.
The captain was  criticized by investigators for being detracted, failing to keep a proper lookout, and departing from the usual course while servicing the Riffgrund wind  ranch, which is  roughly 28  long hauls from the  reinforcement.   Dutch authorities also reported a North Sea storm- related accident in which a  weight boat at anchor drifted into a wind  ranch in construction, striking one of the foundations and causing damage. To save the vessel before it drifted onto the  reinforcement during the storm, an  critical salvage operation had to be launched.