Wednesday, 19 December 2007


After spending a few days lying at anchor in Brodick Bay, the bulk carrier RED JASMINE, loaded with a cargo of animal feed from South America moved upriver this afternoon. She was built in Japan in 2006, and has an overall length of 224.9 metres. Her deadweight is 76,596 tonnes. For the river transit, she was escorted by all three of the Svitzer tugs currently based on the Clyde - SVITZER MALLAIG, WARRIOR III and FLYING PHANTOM (AYTON CROSS has been employed elsewhere in the past few weeks).

As the convoy passed Clydebank, it appears that FLYING PHANTOM got into difficulties, and capsized. With freezing fog settling over the river, a rescue operation was commenced. Although one of the tug's crew was saved, the remaining three crew members are still missing. Local coastguard units and lifeboat crews from Helensburgh, Largs and Troon, together with the Police Launch STRATHCLYDE, MoD Police launch 07001, ALI CAT, Clyde Marine's FENCER, and other vessels, are assisting in the search.

Our thoughts go out to the families of the missing men.


Anonymous said...

Well said,I went out this afternoon to photograph Red Jasmine,but the fog was getting worse by the minute so I turned for home,my destination was Renfrew golf course which looks on to Rothsey dock.

It will be hard looking at photographs of Flying Phantom again.