VISNEWS filmed June 6 an unusual launching at Rotterdam Holland, of the new front half of the Swiss motor cargo ship "Nyon", damaged in November last year.
VISNEWS filmed June 6 an unusual launching at Rotterdam Holland, of the new front half of the Swiss motor cargo ship "Nyon", damaged in November last year. Two days later (June 8) Visnews filmed the joining of the new half to the stern of the ship - salvaged after the accident.
Joining the two halves together was a delicate operation - carried out in a floating dock. The operation took five and a half hours, during which the two halves at certain stages could only be moved a centimetre at a time.
The reconstructed ship is about 16 feet longer than the original vessel and her tonnage, at 10,000 tons - 50 tons higher. She will be delivered to her owners, the Swisse-Atlantique Societe d'Armament Maritime, S.A. in about a month's time - ready to take to sea again.
Disaster struck the "Nyon" when she ran ashore in dense fog on the Meg Watson rocks, near St. Abbs Head, off the coast of Scotland. First attempts to two her off failed because her bows were wedged. Eventually she was cut in half - the bows left on rocks and the stern half towed to the North-East port of South Shield. Two months later, the salvaged part of the ship was taken to Rotterdam.