Full City

Full City is a Panama-flagged bulk carrier made infamous by running aground after an engine failure during a storm at the island of Saastein (Såstein) outside Langesund, Telemark, Norway, spilling 700 tons of heavy bunker fuel oil in a sensitive wildlife refuge area on 31 July 2009.[3] Full City was built by Hakodate Dockyard Co. Ltd. in Hakodate, Hokkaidō, Japan in 1995. The vessel was pulled off the rocks and first towed to Stathelle, and later to Gothenburg for full drydock repairs.

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Full City stranded on rocks outside of Langesund, Norway.
Name: Full City
Owner: The Roc Maritime Inc.
Operator: COSCO (H.K.) Shipping Co. Ltd.
Port of registry:  Panama
Yard number: 755
Completed: 1995
Notes: [1][2]
General characteristics
Length: 167 m (548 ft)
Beam: 26 m (85 ft)
Draught: 9.54 m (31.3 ft)
Propulsion: Kobe Diesel 1D 2 SA 6 CY, 5 kW.
Speed: 17 kn (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Notes: [1][2]

On 5 May 2011, as part of NATO's counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield, the carrier USS Carl Vinson, the cruiser USS Bunker Hill, and the Turkish frigate Giresun responded to a distress call from Full City. An Indian Navy Tu-142 maritime patrol aircraft located Full City, and while Giresun boarded the merchant vessel, Bunker Hill intercepted a dhow believed to be the 'mothership' for the pirate attack. Bunker Hill's VBSS boarding party seized weapons and other equipment commonly used in piracy, and the boarding party also sank a small skiff being towed by the dhow. Giresun's boarding party found Full City's Chinese crew safe and in control of their ship.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b "Full City (63861)". Shippingdatabase.com.
  2. ^ a b "Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Full City". VesselTracker. 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  3. ^ Wojciech Moskwa (3 August 2009). "Norway police charge ship captain after fuel spill". Reuters. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  4. ^ "US Navy, International Forces Respond to Piracy Attack". NNS110506-15. U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs. May 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
  5. ^ "Indian Navy thwarts pirate attack; rescues Chinese vessel, crew". Indo-Asian News Service. NDTV. May 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-10.

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Coordinates: 58°58′15″N 9°42′38″E / 58.97083°N 9.71056°E / 58.97083; 9.71056