By Luis Mota (SUBMANIA)
vessel from Angola built in 1977. She was 136m long and 8.374 tons gross.
She was carrying 158 containers,
most with cloth tissue and wine. Some say that she was carrying guns to Angola
She was homeward bound to
Luanda and Lobito (Angola) from Cadiz (Spain) with scale in Leixões. "Kassamba"
leaves Leixões on March 25th, 1985, at 09.45pm.
The sea was rough and made the
containers roll. They must had been badly stowed and made a hole in the ship's
The ship sends their first SOS
at 10.20pm when she was only a mile out from port.
The rescue was made by two
tugboats and "Patrao Joaquim Casaca" rescue boat.
They had orders to tow "Kassamba"
to high sea, because she was huge and if she sunk near shore, she will became a
danger to other vessels.
The rescue boat was with "Kassamba" all night and picked up 29 members of the
crew early in the morning. By then "Kassamba" was already laid about 45º to her
portside. The last 2 crew members were picked up by "Monte de Leça" tugboat.
The crew was composed by 31
men, 24 from Angola and 7 from Yugoslavia. Among the Yugoslavians was Giorgio Ribanic, 53
years old, captain, Moreno Ipavic, 26 years old,
first subordinate officer and Niksa Banovac, 26 years old, second subordinate
At the time someone faced the
possibility to save the ship, but due sea and weather conditions the vessel was
already doomed and starts slowly sinking by her own damage.
"Kassamba" sunk on March 26th,
1985, around 03.15pm, 11 miles northwest out of Leixões.
She lies since then on her portside, pointing northwest, on a sandy seabed at
70m deep. Divers reach the wreck at 55m.
In summer time, the waters are
clear, with visibility reaching 30m. The wreck is in good conditions with her
cargo hull open and no containers on board. They fell overboard at the surface due
to ship's conditions, and the remaining went off when she sinks.
It's possible to find lost
lines and fishing nets near the wreck.
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