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Capsizing of M/V ANGELN

The M/V ANGELN was a 132 meter container vessel equipped for the carriage of dangerous goods. On 21 February 2010, the vessel departed Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia bound for Barbados under questionable loading conditions. Shortly after departure, a problem with stability developed and the vessel took a considerable list. The weather conditions at the time of the accident were fair, the ship did not touch ground and a collision did not take place. The order was given to abandon ship, which all 15 crew did successfully. The vessel capsized and sank approximately two miles beyond the sea buoy. The ship was lying on its starboard side in 32 meters of water with approximately 13 meters of clearance between the hull and high water. Several containers washed up on the St. Lucia coastline. A salvage agreement was made with Titan Maritim under Lloyd’s Open Form rules, but it was later decided that the ship was a constructive total loss. Titan eventually removed the pollutants from the wreck. JMS provided salvage engineering analysis for the St Lucia Air and Port Authority. After reviewing the available data and cargo manifests, the JMS salvage engineer advised the Port Authority of the feasibility of various wreck removal options from refloating to cutting and lifting in place in order to prevent the wreck from becoming a hazard to navigation.