MV Emsstrom

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Emsstrom in Leer, Germany (September 2009)
  • Frithjof (1968–1997)
  • Emsstrom (1998–2013)
Builder: Schlichting-Werft
Completed: 1968
Fate: Sunk off Torquay, England
General characteristics
Tonnage: 1,716 GRT
Displacement: 2,310 tons
Length: 76.76 m (251.8 ft)
Beam: 77.79 m (255.2 ft)
Draft: max. 5.14 m (16.9 ft)
Installed power: 2,800 hp
Propulsion: Diesel-electric transmission
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Crew: 35

Emsstrom was a German fishery protection vessel for the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection built as Frithjof in 1968 at Schlichting-Werft in Travemünde.

In 1998 the ship was renamed Emsstrom and used as a naval training ship in Leer, Germany until 2012.

In January 2013 Emsstrom was under tow by the Greek tug Christos XXII (IMO number 7230135) where she was destined for Turkey to be scrapped. When Christos XXII anchored to investigate a list that Emsstrom' had developed, Emsstrom collided with its side just after 20:58 UTC on 13 January.[1]

Emsstrom later sank approximately 2.5 nautical miles east by north from Hopes Nose, Torquay in 23 m (75 ft) of water.[2]

Christos XXII sustained a 40 cm (16 in) gash in her hull and was towed to Portland for repairs.[3]


  1. ^ "Collision between tug CHRISTOS XXII and its tow, EMSSTROM, Hope's Nose, Tor Bay, England 13 January 2013" (PDF). Marine Accident Investigation Branch. 10 April 2014. Report 10/2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Update: Tug and tow vessels off Torbay (Press Notice No: 005-13)" (Press release). Joanne Rawlings, Maritime & Coastguard Agency Press Office. 14 January 2013. Archived from the original on 27 August 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Boat sinks after stricken tug crew rescued off Devon coast". BBC News. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.