Bourbon Vessel Taking on Water Near Hurricane Lorenzo

September 26, 2019

Satellite image of Hurricane Lorenzo in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean on September 25 (Photo: NASA/NRL)
Satellite image of Hurricane Lorenzo in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean on September 25 (Photo: NASA/NRL)

Bourbon said a mission has been launched to rescue 14 crew from one of its vessels taking on water in heavy seas near a category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean.

The French offshore vessels owner said water is entering the stern of the 49.5-meter tug supply vessel Bourbon Rhode, about 60 nautical miles south-southeast from the eye of hurricane Lorenzo.

The US National Hurricane Center said on Thursday morning the category 4 storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour and moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Luxembourg-flagged Bourbon Rhode is in transit some 1,200 nautical miles off the island of Martinique, Bourbon said.

The owner said a crisis call has been made, and a rescue operation has been launched out of Marseilles in close collaboration with authorities, including the Regional Operational Center of Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS) West Indies-Guyana.

The CROSS has asked nearby bulk carrier SSI Excellent, some 200 nautical miles south, to change course to assist the Bourbon Rhode. The 229-meter bulk carrier is expected to arrive on scene Friday morning local time.

Bourbon Rhode (File photo: Bourbon Rhode)



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