At around the same time that Fluvius Tamar got into difficulties in the North Sea, Exe Shipping fleet mate Fluvius Otter (1996/2,300gt) ran aground in Poole Harbour on the evening of Friday 13 January 2013.

The Bahamas-flagged general cargo ship had loaded barley at the Dorset port and was heading out through the harbour when a small vessel cut across her bow.

In attempting to avoid a collision, Fluvius Otter was pushed by the incoming tide and ran aground on a beach between two jetties on Brownsea Island. Once she had floated free, the tide then pushed her into one of the jetties causing minor damage to the structure.

The ship was returned to the Port of Poole assisted by tugs, but following an inspection was able to continue its journey to the Belgian port of Ruisbroek the following day.

Kevin Mitchell


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