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Coordinates: 36°06′38″N 5°20′41″W / 36.110534°N 5.344812°W / 36.110534; -5.344812

MV Fedra at Europa Point, after breaking in half
MV Fedra at Europa Point, after breaking in half
Name: Fedra, formerly, Tenacity and Marine Ranger
Port of registry: Liberia
Builder: Astilleros Españoles S.A. (AESA), Madrid, Spain
Completed: 1984
Identification: IMO 8208713
Fate: Wrecked
General characteristics
Class and type: Double hull, bulk carrier
Tonnage: 63,940 DWT
35,886 GT ITC
Length: 737.7 feet (224.85 m)
Beam: 105.8 feet (32.25 m)
Draft: 59.1 feet (18.01 m)

M/V Fedra was a Liberian-registered bulk-carrier cargo ship. It ran aground and smashed against Europa Point, the southernmost tip of Gibraltar on 10 October 2008 following severe gale force winds measuring 12 on the Beaufort scale. Spanish and Gibraltarian emergency services mounted a joint rescue operation, Gibraltar declared a Major Incident and requested the standby of additional statutory and voluntary emergency services (including St John Ambulance Gibraltar), although due to the safe rescue of all crew from the Fedra they were ultimately not needed.

Five of its 31 crew members were airlifted to safety by a Spanish coast guard helicopter and the rest were hoisted up by an improvised crane system. The vessel broke in half shortly thereafter.

About half of its 300 tons of fuel spilled into the sea. Some of such oil washed ashore along Gibraltar's western coast, particularly in the area of Rosia Bay and Camp Bay. Spanish sources said that some fuel from the Fedra had washed up on some Campo beaches having drifted as far as Tarifa. There were also oil slicks in the Bay of Gibraltar.

As at 15th February 2009 the forward section had been re-floated and towed round into the Bay of Gibraltar and was moored alongside the South Mole in Gibraltar Harbour. The superstructure had been cut away from the hull of the aft section, and was on the dockside at HM Naval Base awaiting dismantling.




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