MV Fedra

Coordinates: 36°06′38″N 5°20′41″W / 36.110534°N 5.344812°W / 36.110534; -5.344812

MV Fedra at Europa Point, after breaking in half
MV Fedra at Europa Point, after breaking in half
NameFedra, formerly, Tenacity and Marine Ranger
Port of registryMonrovia
BuilderBurmeister & Wain (B&W), Copenhagen, Denmark
Yard number713
Launched10 August 1984
In service06/10-1984 - 10/10-2008
IdentificationIMO number: 8208713
FateWrecked 10 October 2008
NotesFedra was one of 19 sister ships built by B&W Shipyard.
General characteristics
TypeBulk carrier
Length737.7 ft (224.85 m)
Beam105.8 ft (32.25 m)
Draft59.1 ft (18.01 m)

MV Fedra was a Liberian-registered bulk-carrier cargo ship. It ran aground and smashed against Europa Point, the southernmost tip of Gibraltar on 10 October 2008 following severe gale force winds measuring 12 on the Beaufort scale. Spanish and Gibraltarian emergency services mounted a joint rescue operation, Gibraltar declared a Major Incident and requested the standby of additional statutory and voluntary emergency services (including St John Ambulance Gibraltar), although due to the safe rescue of all crew from Fedra they were ultimately not needed.

Five of its 31 crew members were airlifted to safety by a Spanish coast guard helicopter and the rest were hoisted up by an improvised crane system. The vessel broke in half shortly thereafter.

About half of its 300 tons of fuel spilled into the sea. Some of such oil washed ashore along Gibraltar's western coast, particularly in the area of Rosia Bay and Camp Bay. Spanish sources said that some fuel from Fedra had washed up on some Campo beaches having drifted as far as Tarifa. There were also oil slicks in the Bay of Gibraltar.

Fedra avoided becoming a permanent shipwreck when the forward section was re-floated and towed round into the Bay of Gibraltar in February 2009. It was moored alongside the South Mole in Gibraltar Harbour. The superstructure was cut away from the hull of the aft section, and was placed the dockside at HM Naval Base.

A report was released by the Gibraltar Maritime Association in January 2012 which reveals how the Company undermined the Master of Fedra and his authority in his attempts to save both the crew and the ship. The report also explains the various aspects which led to the demise of MV Fedra.

See also


  • Searle, Dominique; Ben Harding; Tim Pearce (10 October 2008). "Cargo ship hits Gibraltar rocks in heavy seas". Reuters. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  • "Bulk Carrier FEDRA runs aground in severe weather". Gibfocus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  • Romaguera, Cándido (14 October 2008). "El vertido de fuel se extiende por el Estrecho y llega hasta Ceuta". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 October 2008.

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