21 May 2023






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The 1911 steel hulled barque EUROPA listed on the synchro lift while she was being slipped in back into the sea  after routine maintenance on Saturday 20th May.

In a statement, the company said one sailor was injured and the rest of the crew were ashore.

Built in 1911 in Germany by  H.C. Stülcken & Sohn shipyard  in Hamburg with yard number as the light ship SENATOR BROCKESON on the German river Elbe trading until 1977 with the Federal German Coast Guard.

A Dutchman bought the vessel in 1985 and in 1994 she was fully restored as a barque, a three-mast rigged vessel, and retrofitted for special-purpose sail-training.

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) confirmed the accident at its ship repair facility, the Synchro lift.

”At the time of the incident, the vessel had 26 crew members and two contractors on board. They have been safely evacuated, with one injury reported. TNPA fire, security and pollution services as well as the city’s emergency rescue services were contacted and arrived on site,” TNPA said.

EUROPA was in Malta in 1995 for filming purposes of which all watermarked photos are during this period while Accident Image is by Hilton Spencer.

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