General Grot-Rowecki

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General Grot-Rowecki
Name: General Grot-Rowecki
Namesake: Stefan Rowecki
Operator: Polish Steamship Company
Builder: Georgi Dimitrov Shipyard, Varna, Bulgaria
Launched: 1985
Status: in active service, as of 2012
General characteristics
Type: Handymax bulk carrier
Length: 199 m (653 ft)
Beam: 28 m (92 ft)
Draught: 11 m (36 ft)
Propulsion: Sulzer engine, 7,943 kW (10,652 hp)
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Crew: 21

The General Grot-Rowecki (IMO 8417754) is a 23,000 tonne, 198-metre, freighter. Built in 1985, she was named after Stefan Grot-Rowecki, a Polish general in the Second World War.

Ship history[edit]

On 13 November 2005 the General Grot-Rowecki collided with the 20,700-tonne Swedish RO-RO passenger ferry M/S Finnsailor while south-east of Gedser, Denmark, in the Baltic Sea. Both ships sustained damage and had to return to port for repairs.[1]

On 31 January 2006 she collided with the French chemical tanker Ece in the English Channel. At the time of the collision, the General Grot-Rowecki was owned by the Polish Steamship Company and registered in Malta, and was en route to the port of Police, Poland, while the 8,131 tonne, 126-metre Ece was bound for Ghent, Belgium. They collided approximately 30 miles northwest of Guernsey. The General Grot-Rowecki was not seriously damaged, and its 21 crew members were unhurt. However, the collision led to the sinking of the Ece and the release of 10,000 tonnes of phosphoric acid into the Channel. The Ece's crew, numbering 22 members, was rescued by lifeboat and helicopter in a joint English and French operation.

As of 2012 the Grot-Rowecki has been renamed Baltic Star and is registered in Bulgaria.[2]


  1. ^ "Swedish Maritime Safety Inspectorate Report on the collision between General Grot-Rowecki and Finnsailor" (PDF). 20 March 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "BALTIC STAR - Vessel's Details and Current Position". 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 

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