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ICAP ORCA abandoned after collision

Class 40 crew safe and sound

Friday March 18th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Richard Tolkien’s Class 40 ICAP ORCA has been abandoned mid-Atlantic. At the time the Slovenian-built Humphreys design was on a delivery back from the end of the Route du Rhum in the Caribbean to the UK via the Azores when she was involved in a collision with the TeeKay Corporation Crude Oil Tanker, African Spirit.

Her two man crew, including Tolkien, are well and were taken off ICAP ORCA on Tuesday, 15 March, on to African Spirit, that is bound for the Cape Verdes. 

The report from the African Spirit indicates ICAP ORCA suffered rig, sail and hull damage in the incident and the Class 40 was abandoned. The report indicates a high degree of confidence that ICAP ORCA would sink.

At the time ICAP ORCA was in about the worst position, geographically midway between the Azores and the Caribbean, around 1000 miles from both.

As the incident was self-contained, the crew didn’t set off their EPIRB but the incident was reported to the MCC and to TeeKay Corporate, where by coincidence a RORC member sets on the board.

Richard Tolkien had contacted thedailysail on 9 March reporting at the time that he was 250 miles northeast of Antigua and in no wind...


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