Gelso M has bunkers with over 22,800 liters of fuel oil , 85 cubic meters of gas oil and 190 cubic meters of fuel oil on board
[earlier]Italian naval helicopters have safely transferred ashore the crew of the Gelso M, an oil/chemical tanker which grounded in severe storm conditions near the Sicilian port of Augusta earlier today. The vessel was carrying no cargo at the time of the incident. The crew are uninjured and there is no pollution.
The helicopters are mobilising from the nearby Italian Naval Base at Catania. There were 19 crew on board the vessel.
Gelso M is owned by Augusta Due of Rome. Augusta Due has signed a salvage contract with a leading international salvage contractor, SMIT Salvage from Rotterdam. SMIT are being assisted by the Italian salvor Augustea. A large salvage tug, the 160 tonnes bollard pull Carlo Magno, is already on scene.
Built in 2008
18,000 tonnes deadweight
Vessel left Venice in ballast, to load cargo at Augusta, on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Name: Gelso M
Call sign: TCTB6
Owner: Verimar Chemical Ltd - Italy
Ship manager: Augusta Due Srl - Rome/Italy
Gross tonnage: 11250 GT
Home port: Gatana
Syracuse, March 10 (Adnkronos / Ign) - downpours and wind gusts of up to one hundred kilometers per hour. And 'alert weather in Sicily. Particularly affected the eastern part of the island with schools closed in Catania, Messina and Syracuse.
Precisely because of bad weather, around 9 o'clock this morning a merchant ship was stranded near Syracuse, near Punta Santa Panagia. On board the 'Gelso M.', 150 meters long, 19 crew, rescued by two Coast Guard helicopters and a Navy Catania. Given the impossibility of steering the ship, which was directed to Augusta, the commander ordered the abandonment of the unit. Can not even use the life-saving equipment on board because of the position of the ship aground.
The weather and sea conditions, with winds now up to 40 knots and rough seas, are in decline.