Chem P, ex container ship Sea Witch, adrift off Algeria

1 Mar 2022

The Chem P departed from Algeciras (Spain) on February 18, 2022. She was expected in Malta on February 27. Since February 23, she has been suffering engine failures off the Algerian coast and is alternating drifts and reduced speeds.

The Saint Kitts and Nevis-flagged Chem P is the former US Chemical Pioneer sold for scrapping.

In its bulletin “Shipbreaking” # 65, Robin des Bois recalled the dramatic history of this ship, ex-container ship Sea Witch (cf. the chapter The END, p. 70-75) and expressed worries about the conditions of her departure for scrapping. The Chem P had already experienced difficulties during her Atlantic crossing. Her month-long stop in Algeciras, Spain, was clearly not enough to solve her power troubles. She is a 210-meter long drunken ship.

The Chem P is a threat for maritime safety, that of her crew, the Algerian shoreline and the marine environment.





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