Federal Skeena (UBEM)

Vertrokken op 8 juni 1993 vanuit Brussel via Parijs.
Federal Skeena UBEM

12-6-1993
Ashdod – Israël

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1-7-1993
Newport News – VS ( USA )

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24-7-1993
Saldanha Bay – Zuid Afrika
haven: Port of Saldanha Bay

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22-12-2001
Federal Skeena zinkt!

Reported that CHRISTOPHER 83/83784gt with coal cargo sank north of the Azores after engine failure and flooding of forward hold, crew of 27 lost in yet another tragedy of this nature. She was completed at Hoboken as FEDERAL SKEENA and then sailed as LA CORDILLERA for Dreyfus 1995-2000. London, Dec 24 – Following received from Ponta Delgada MRCC, timed 0836, UTC: Bulk Christopher (83784 gt, built 1983) lost communication with owners at 2300, UTC, Dec 22, after reporting engine stopped, one bow hatch open and vessel taking water in heavy weather. Vessel’s last reported position lat 41 02N, long 29 19W, at 1900, UTC, Dec 22. Winds easterly force 7 (near gale), with seven-metre seas. A Coast Guard vessel sent to the scene Dec 23 found a patch of fuel oil. Search continuing today, using aircraft and vessels. London, Dec 24 – A press report, dated Dec 23, states: Bulk Christopher, with 27 crew on board, has gone missing in rough seas off the Azores and is feared to have sunk, Portuguese rescue officials said today. The vessel disappeared yesterday evening about 150 nautical miles north of the Azores island of Graciosa. A search has so far proved fruitless, according to the Azores naval command quoted by the Lusa news agency. The crew of the Christopher, which was loaded with coal, informed her owner yesterday evening that the vessel was taking in water through a forward hatch in seas with waves of up to seven metres, rescue services said. No other communication has been received from the vessel since yesterday evening. A French vessel in the area and an aircraft failed to locate the vessel, which the Portuguese naval command said had probably sunk. St.Michael’s, Azores, Dec 24 – It has been reported locally that bulk Christopher, fully loaded with coal, is considered missing since 1900, local time, Dec 22, in a supposed position abt. 150 miles north of Graciosa-island. The vessel has on board 27 crew members. The vessel was in contact with her owners advising that she had stopped engine and that forward compartment has been flooded through a ventilator. After that the owners have made several attemps to make contact with the vessel but have not succeeded. According to local source it as advised that the above possible reported position cannot be made more correct since all contacts of the vessel with her owners were lost suddendly. Searches are being made by the Portuguese Airforce arcraft, one P3 Orion and 2 Puma helicopters under adverse weather conditions, but unfortunately nothing has yet been found. The search continues today. The Norwegian general cargo Matisse, being also in the area, is making several calls by VHF and UHF but no reply received. – Lloyd’s Agents. Ponta Delgada, Dec 24 – At about 1530, local time, today, one liferaft and one lifejacket, from bulk Christopher, found adrift in lat 41 00.3W, long 30 04.2W, by tank Stolt Spray. Both liferaft and lifejacket being collected by Stolt Spray. – Lloyd’s Agents. Ponta Delgada, Dec 25 – Understand a second life raft from bulk Christopher has been found by general cargo Regal Star at about 1330, local time, today, in position lat 40 58N, long 03 35W. It was reported that an oil spot was also seen in the area. Unfortunately no signs of the vessel and her crew members were found. Also understand that all the search operations have been cancelled. – Lloyd’s Agents.

Reported 22.12.2001 that her engine had stopped and one bow hatch was open and taking water in heavy weather. An oil slick was located by Coast Guards the following day in pos. 41°02’N-29°19’W off Graciosa Island (Azores), and liferafts
found 25.12. Sunk with her crew of 27. Was o/v Puerto Bolivar-Tees with coal.

ms FEDERAL SKEENA

73663 blt 1983 Scheepswerven NV, Hoboken (899) K 18.8.1981 L 17 (or 24 ?).11.1982
T 14/17.2.1983 chr and del 25.2.1983
60951 n 140194 dwt
after 1985: 83784 g 55600 n 164891 dwt
289,01 (283,22) x 43,06 x 17,400 x 23,78m
Oil 2 SA 6 cyl 800 x 1950 mm B & W by Cockerill-Sambre SA, Seraing
18350 BHP (13498 kW) 14,25 kn
bulk carrier
83-91 FEDERAL SKEENA Belcan SA, Antwerp Be/
(UBEM, mgrs)
13.11.1985-21.12.1985 jumboized at Mercantile DD, Antwerp. The vessel received a
24 m long section which increased the DW from 140000 to 165000 t.
(ship arrived at Antwerp on 8.11.1985)
22.12.1988 grounded near Ijmuiden. Taken into DD at Schiedam for examination.
26.1.1991 to Luxembourg registry
91-95 FEDERAL SKEENA Fednav (Luxembourg) SA, Luxembourg Lux/
(UBEM, mgrs)
22.5.1995 sold to SA Louis Dreyfus & CO, Paris

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  2. Anthon Greevelink

    Aangekomen met de Skeena op Mercantile ( vanuit Rotterdam) op 13 november om het schip te verlengen, droogdok meegemaakt en vandaag 30 jaar geleden, op 20-12-1985, aangemonsterd op’t Rattekot in de OlIjftakstraat…. en de 21ste vertrokken naar Brazilië ( denk ik mij ter herinneren).
    Veel goede herinneringen aan dit schip en aan een heleboel crewmensen.

  3. De Smet Guy

    Met de Skeena bijna hetzelfde meegemaakt (in 1987 als ik niet mis ben), maar dan zonder fatale afloop. Ijzererts geladen in Narvik voor Japan en daarna zware storm op de Noordzee. ‘s avonds rond 20-21 uur geen navigatietielicht meer op de voorpiek, electrische voeding van de voorpiek was in de controlekamer op het verdeelbord afgeslagen/kortsluiting. Snelheid geminderd, koers veranderd en gaan kijken.
    Resultaat: méér dan 1 meter water in de voorpiek met daarin zo’n 5.000 liter verf gemengd.
    Oorzaak was ook een luik dat opengeslagen was dacht ik. In alle geval, veel chance gehad en op tijd gezien, anders was het waaschijnlijk ook naar de bodem. Het schip was eveneens geplooid ter hooghte van de verlenging.

    3Rd.eng/Elec UBEM 1970-1990, Frubels, Marly II, Loverval, Charleroi,Titus, Turandot, Federals en nog een pak andere.

  4. van deuren marc

    Heb als jonge kerel de federal skeena nog mee gemaakt. kockerill yards te hoboken 1983.
    Dit bericht lezen maakt mij echt triest.

  5. Debontridder Luc

    Ik heb de Skeena nog gekend maar er niet op gevaren, wel op de Federal ottawa, Federal danube, Federal Hudson, Turandot, Zeebrugge, Belvaux, Clervaux, Marcel C, mooie soeveniers

  6. Werner Van de Broek

    Ik was nog 3rd officer aan boord van de Skeena. Toffe reis gehad (was in 1986 denk ik…) Heb ook de maiden voyage gedaan van de Hunter, en verder gevaren op de Fed.Maas, de Turandot, en nog een schip waarvan ik de naam vergeten ben….

  7. Michel ANCORA

    J’ai également navigué sur le Fedaral Skeena comme 4th Eng de même que sur le Federal Hunter, Nara, Federal Ottawa et Orinoco, quelle merveilleux souvenirs.

  8. Roger Monfort

    Yes, it also had a fire and later a collison near Sunda Strait.
    But I had a good time on board, with very nice UBEM poeple.

  9. paul bertolo

    22.12.1988 Grounding was on the Bassurelle Bank- mid English Channel/Dover Strait and NOT near Ijmuiden

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