Cargo ship "Sigma" runs aground in Livorno, Italy
The merchant Sigma ship, flying the Liberian flag, with 18 crewon board, ran aground near the coast in front of Ardenza, in the coast of Livorno.
It is not a cruise ship, but, as the Costa Concordia, has remained aground on the rocky seabed just a few meters from the Tuscan coast. It still has a Friday the 13th, but this time, fortunately, the budget is not as dramatic as the tragic night of 2012 the Island of Giglio. The merchant Sigma ship, flying the Liberian flag, with 18 crewon board, ran aground near the coast in front of Ardenza, in the coast of Livorno.
According to initial reports, the ship would have lost its way because of strong gusts of wind, which in the morning also reached twenty knots. The freighter, 128 meters long, was at anchor in the harbor of Livorno but the rough seas and strong winds could have pushed him to the shore. By the Harbour, the coordination of the recovery operations, they know that among the crew there would be no personal injuries. Anyway, if needed to, a helicopter will rise from Sarzana to retrieve the crew. Also ready tugs of the port, as soon as the winds will be appeased, will drive the ship into port.
The same tugs will help the captain in maneuvers. Even the emergency boats were not able to operate because of the shallow water.The ship currently has the bow facing the ground, run aground on the rocky seabed a few dozen meters from the shore in one of the busiest points of the walk to the sea from Livorno. On the spot they are also working the number of vessels of the Coast Guard to free the hull and allow the merchant the resumption of navigation. Tuscany regional management sent in Livorno on divers core of Florence for the rescue operation.Numerous calls to the Harbour, the 112 and the 113.
An accident that happens just in the same day, Friday, and date, January 13, in which the island of Giglio came the tragic sinking of the Costa Concordia and of which today marks the fifth anniversary . But then, as we know, was not the wind bring the ship on the rocks.