The Ro-Ro ship LIDER PRESTIJ, built in 1992 and formerly known as BENIAMINO CARNEVALE, recently grounded in Sicily.
The vessel was sold at auction by Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione and acquired by Turkish interests for EUR 3.25 million. The incident occurred while the ship was being towed to Tuzla.
Departing from Naples under tow by the tug TEDY, the vessel experienced a tow line break in high seas in the Mediterranean on Saturday. Consequently, she began drifting before running aground approximately 10 miles from Milazzo on the northern coast of Sicily on Sunday.
Italy’s coast guard reported overseeing salvage operations, initiated on Monday and successfully executed with the assistance of four tugs deployed from Rimorchiatori Augusta, a company affiliated with MSC-controlled Rimorchiatori Mediterranei.
The 1,820 lane meter vessel has been relocated to the port of Messina for thorough inspections.