AMT Explorer, a long cable barge, has sunk near Sardinia (50 miles southwest of its southern tip). The incident happened on July 3 while it was being towed by Red Husky en route from Naples to Bremerhaven. Explorer lost its stability which forced the vessel to capsize and later it sank.
The 92-meter AMT Explore had on board 28 million euro (USD $38 million) cargo of power cables produced by Prysmian. It was destined to connect wind farms offshore North Sea (Butendiek and Deutsche Bucht, Germany). The crew managed to abandon the vessel, there were no reports of injuries.
According to Prysmian, Smit Salvage has been contacted for salvage works. It is hoped both the cargo and the barge would be salvaged.
AMT Explorer (IMO number 8405892) was built in 1984. The DWT 13,980-tonne barge is registered in Malta and is managed by Augustea Anchor Marine Transportation.
Red Husky (MO number 9440356 and MMSI 224094000) was built in 2010. The 33-meter barge is registered in Spain and is managed by Repasa. Current position of Red Husky.