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Post by shipstamps » Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:47 pm

The cargo vessel Dimbovytza (Dimbovita) was built in 1971 and is a motorship of 5,923 gross tons, net 2,948. She is employed on the Constanza-Istanbul-Leningrad service.
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Post by aukepalmhof » Tue Nov 16, 2021 7:28 pm

Built as a cargo vessel under yard 263? by the A.Zhdanov yard in Leningrad (St Petersburg) for the Romania NAVROM company.
Launched as the DIMBOVITA.
Tonnage 5,923 grt, 2,984 nrt, 8,230 dwt, dim. 130.0 x 17.8 x 7.0m.
Powered by one B&W diesel engine 4,900 hp, speed 16 knots.
Crew 39.
December 1971 completed, homeport Constanza. IMO 7121451.

She sank on Dec. 9, 1973, while being towed to Falmouth after developing a heavy list during bad weather the previous day, about 60 miles north of Brest during a voyage from Rotterdam to Istanbul. Loaded with wire rods and steel billets.

I found a Romanian website that had more on the loss of the DIMBOVITA:

1973, December 9 - the cargo ship DIMBOVITA (flag: Romania, IMO: 7121451, commander: long-distance captain Constantin Dragan, 47 years old, crew: 39 members, 8,230 tdw., Built-in 1971) capsized and sank in the English Channel, during a storm with a force wind of 10 (90 km / h) and waves of 8-10 meters.

The catastrophe occurred during trip no. 14, while the ship was carrying 1,147 tons of steel bars and 6,000 tons of concrete coils, cargo loaded in the port of Rotterdam.

The storm started on the evening of December 7 (strong wind 9 - 10, waves over 8 meters).

On the morning of December 8, the ship was hit hard by a wave, which caused the imbalance of people in the ship's compartment, in command and in other places where they were.

The ship's captain fractured his right hand and four ribs, but remained in command of the ship.

After a short time, another wave violently struck the ship and listed it at an angle that exceeded the previous one. At the same time, a loud noise was heard from the bow section of the ship, probably caused by the overturning and sifting of the cargo in the hold.

Following this blow, the ship did not recover from the list and the balance between angles of 20 ° - 30 ° left (at one point, the list of the ship reached 45, and the cargo stowed on deck on the hatches broke her lashings and slipped into the sea.

All efforts to recover the cargo took about three hours but failed.

SOS signals were issued and a lifeboat and inflatable rafts were launched.

As a result of the SOS signals, the DRUSKININKEY trawler came to the rescue (flag: USSR, IMO: 7044653 , 1,518 tdw., 2,693 trb., Length: 84.70 m, width: 14.00 m,built: 30 November 1969, BALTIYA, Klaipeda - Russia) and "SRT 4451" (flag: USSR, IMO: 5700965 , 264 trb., Builder: May 28, 1957, "Volkswerft VEB" , Stralsund - German RD) and the oil tanker ESSO BONAIRE (flag: Netherland Antilles, IMO: 7230549 , 255,027 tdw., 127,502 trb., Length: 329.20 m, width: 51.90 m, builder: 1973, "Verolme" , Rozenburg, launched on October 21 1972).

Due to the particularly large and strong waves (about 8 meters high), all three life rafts overturned and one of them broke. Three sailors fell into the water. Meanwhile, the second lifeboat was launched, in which 32 sailors boarded, leaving on board the commander, the second officer, the chief mechanic, and the chief helmsman.

The Dutch tanker ESSO BONAIRE sheltered the lifeboat, so the boat with the three shipwrecked managed to reach the Soviet ship, which, with great effort, lifted them on board.

When the Romanian ship reached an inclination of 55 °, the captain ordered the abandonment and, together with the others remaining on board, jumped into the water. They were rescued by Soviet trawlers.

The 32 crew members from the other lifeboat were rescued by the Soviet trawler DRUSKININKAY.

When the tug GELDERLAND arrived (flag: the Netherlands, IMO: 5700706 , 598 trb., Builder: May 31, 1963, "Kramer & Booy" , Kootstertille - Netherlands), the wind was force 8 and the sea very rough.

DAMBOVITA had reached a list of about 60 °.

The GELDERLAND was able to approach the ship only on the morning of December 9, when the weather improved.

After putting a towline on the cargo vessel, the convoy set course for the coast of England.

In the afternoon of the same day, at 15:35, DAMBOVITA capsized and sank at the coordinate point latitude 49 ° 22 '5' 'North, longitude 4 ° 46' West, at a depth of 97 meters.

The Romanian Commission of Inquiry did not find any fault on the part of the Romanian ship's captain and crew, considering that, in the existing hydro-meteorological conditions, it was not possible to intervene to verify and stabilize the cargo in the holds or to maintain the ship's seaworthy.

The Commission considers that the action of the two waves, the determining cause of the accident, was unpredictable for the master, and the measures taken by him under the conditions created, as well as any other actions that would have been possible on board, were not able to prevent the triggered effect.

Romania 1974 1.45L sg 4034, Scott?
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