new zealand MV Swanland [+2011]
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nationality new zealand
purpose transport
type cargo - bulk carrier (ex-cargo ship)
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1977
weight (tons) 1978  grt
dimensions 81.9 x 13.9 x 5.4 m
material steel
engine 1 x 12 cyl diesel engine 4 tew Nohab Polar AB, Trolhättan F212V-D
power 2640  h.p.
speed 12.5  knots
yard no. 360
IMO/Off. no. 7607431
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about the loss
cause lost foundered
other reasons gale/storm
date lost 27/11/2011  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.6rank: 659
about people
Scheepswerf Friesland B. V., Lemmer
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Nohab Polar, Trollhattan
last owner
[1]Cove Shipping Co., Aviatu
MV Swanland [+2011]
period 1996 ~ 2011
IMO/Off. no.: 7607431
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prev. owners
[2]Cove Shipping Co., Aviatu
MV Elsborg
period 1994 ~ 1996
IMO/Off. no.: 7607431
[3]Vassilios Sislopoulos Marine Enterprises, Thessaloniki
MV Artemis
period 1988 ~ 1994
IMO/Off. no.: 7607431
[4]Linde Lloyd B.V., Ursum
MV Elsborg
period 1983 ~ 1988
IMO/Off. no.: 7607431
[5]Carebeka B.V. - Geert Dories, Groningen
MV Carebeka IX
period 1977 ~ 1983
IMO/Off. no.: 7607431
captain Yury Shmelev
no. of crew 8
about the wreck
depth (m.) 85 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
entered by Chipchase Nick
entered 27/11/2011
last update Allen Tony
last update 11/11/2013
[1] Allen Tony11/11/2013
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 Lettens Jan   27/11/2011

SWANLAND MV - one crewman recovered, five missing in sinking off north Wales

Rescuers searching for six Russian seamen missing after a cargo vessel sank off north Wales in gale force weather say one crew member has been recovered. The man's condition has not been confirmed. Five crew from the 81-metre (265ft) Swanland are still missing. Two other rescued crew rescued earlier have been taken to hospital in Bangor. Prince William, who is a search and rescue helicopter co-pilot at RAF Valley, took part in the rescue. The carrier, with 3,000 tonnes of limestone onboard, disappeared 30 miles north-west off the Lleyn peninsula.

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Orrible08/12/2012Sonar surveys of the wreck were conducted earlier this year on behalf of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch. "These surveys confirmed that the wreck was lying inverted in a south to north orientation, in approximately 80m of water," said the report. "During 6 and 7 February 2012, underwater surveys of Swanland... established that a significant structural failure had occurred close to the vessel's midships on both the port and starboard sides." The interim report said the investigation was due to be completed by the end of the year with a final report published in April next year.
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Orrible09/01/2012The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is to use a robot submarine to survey the wreck of a cargo vessel which sank off the north Wales coast. The investigation is expected to take several months.Six Russian crewmen died when the Swanland sank carrying 3,000 tonnes of limestone during a storm in November.An exclusion zone has been established 15 miles west of the peninsula whilst the survey work is carried out.The exclusion zone has a one mile radius centred at 52-52.06N 005-05.03W.Date 09/01/2012
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Chipchase Nick27/11/2011Hull cracked and vessel foundered 20 miles north west of Llyn Peninsular , North Wales. Cargo 3,000 tons of limestone. Ex-Carebeka IX 1977-1983. Elsborg 1983-1988. Artemis 1988-1994. Elsborg 1994-1996. Swanland 1996. Tonnage when built 1977.
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Cove Shipping Co., Aviatu

Cove Shipping Co. established several companies in several countries for tax evading purposes: Limassol (Cyprus), Bridgetown (Barbados) and Aviatu (Cook Islands).
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