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49m Eleonora E refloated in Port Tarragona following collision

3 October 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky and Holly Overton

The salvage operation to recover the 49 metre sailing yacht Eleonora E, which was left half-submerged after being hit by a 60 metre offshore supply vessel in Port Tárraco this summer (June 10), has been completed.

The last phase of the operation was concluded on Monday (September 26) after the vessel had been refloated and hauled out at the PTW Tarragona facility. The entire operation of the stricken vessel took three weeks in total and involved more than 30 personnel. 

The incident occurred when the engines of an offshore supply vessel attempting a manoeuvre in the port became stuck in reverse. The vessel hit Eleonora E on the starboard side and punctured the hull amidship while she was berthed in an area of water between four to five metres deep. She began to list heavily before coming to rest on her side.

After initial repairs were carried out underwater, Eleanora E was lifted from the land by two 250-tonne cranes with the assistance of refloating balloons. Once upright, additional repairs were finished and the process of pumping water from the flooded compartments began before she was towed 800 metres across the port to be lifted out.

Eleanora E was delivered in 2000 by Dutch yard Van der Graaf as a replica of the classic 1910 schooner Westward. She has a steel hull and teak superstructure with two masts. Her nine crew members, including the captain, were on board at the time of the accident but no injuries were reported.