Napoleon Bonaparte in the late afternoon had the cottage. Operations have been stopped and should resume tomorrow morning. (Photo NBC)
Napoleon Bonaparte in agony
FRANCE. Napoleon Bonaparte, the flagship of the SNCM (Société Nationale Corse Méditerranée), flows through the port of Marseille. October 28 at 3am, the storm raging in Marseille, with winds of over 100 km / h, broke the ropes of the ship parked at extension 116 on the "broad dyke." Napoleon Bonaparte was driven onto a nearby dock (item 40). Shock "caused the flooding of two watertight compartments," said a statement from the SNCM. The ship, lying on its side with 15 to 20 ° heel, held in dock using three tugs. The waterway is below the waterline. Pumping operations should begin in the afternoon.
Sunday, October 28, 2012 to 18 hours, hundreds of onlookers crowded outside the gates of the port of Marseille.
Of Marseilles, Corsicans who had sailed on the "Napoleon" and could not believe their eyes seeing this behemoth take a little longer heel to each gust of wind.
"After an initial stabilization phase, heel the boat slightly increased to about 15 °.The ship has also continued to sink in the rear especially since the beginning of the afternoon. Access to the project area located around the ship was regulated by the prefect. At this time, the situation continues to evolve although variations of heel and trim will be slowed. Bureau Veritas performs continuous checks and stability measures. All necessary technical repair area is available, "said the Prefecture of the Bouches-du-Rhône.
Taking the ship heeling, sailors, firefighters and personnel SNCM were forced to evacuate the ship. "The ship is under increased scrutiny because the wind will blow up to 22 hours. There will be no intervention in the night. We'll focus tomorrow morning and if the vessel's stability is assured, we will diagnose using robot and divers before operations start plugging the hole and pumping, "said Raphaelle Siméoni, Deputy Reeve Bouches-du-Rhône.
The ship, which broke its moorings in the night, is currently in terminal pine in Item 40.
According to several sources harbor, only a supervisor was on board the ship that night while the Prefecture had issued a bulletin on the eve of orange vigilance.
On the Waterfront Sunday, October 28, 2012 in the morning, people were talking about ghost ship.
"The staff of the company should have been dispatched to the ship ready to start the engines in case of failure of hawsers," says a crew watching the giant of the seas on the side. The ship was disarmed and it worked with ground current. Asked about the circumstances of the accident, the port has declined to comment. SNCM could not be reached Sunday.
According to our information, Napoleon Bonaparte, who has already broken twice more from her moorings, blocking the channel port of Marseille and prevented access to the ro-ro terminal.
Then it was towed to Cape Pines terminal, releasing the channel.
Command post of firemen, cranes and a dozen emergency vehicles on site. A crisis trying to manage the situation. The ship was not in operation.
Commissioned in 1996, Napoleon Bonaparte looks more like a cruise ship than a ferry. With 172 meters long, 450 cabins and 12 suites, 11 bridges, it has never been profitable, as ill-suited to serving Corsica.
It is another blow for SNCM. Privatized in 2005 to become a subsidiary of Veolia, SNCM never found financial balance, with annual losses of 10 to 15 M €.
After trying unsuccessfully to sell, Veolia will also remove it from its subsidiary Veolia Transdev to manage directly.
SNCM finance its connections to Corsica in part by grants from territorial continuity. The Corsican Territorial Assembly in charge of the plans to significantly reduce the scope of the grant, including excluding peak periods in summer. These two passenger ships, Napoleon Bonaparte and Daniel Casanova work full that summer. Selling them seems inevitable. The loss of Napoleon Bonaparte is muddying the waters.