Posted on October 01, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Two vessels collided during the afternoon of September the 29th while engaged in maneuvres at the port of Itaqui, located in Northeastern Brazil near the city of Sao Luis.

The ships in question are the Liberia-flagged, Capesize Bulk Carrier, WUGANG ATLANTIC and the UK-flagged Bulk Carrier, BERGE PHAN XI PANG.

The incident occurred at approximately 17:15 UTC while the two vessels were engaged in manoeuvres in San Marcos Bay; the Wugang Atlantic was attempting to berth at the time, while the Berge Phan Xi Pang was in the process of leaving the Ponta de Madeira Maritime (VALE) terminal.

As a result of the collision, both ships have sustained damages, though there is limited information as to the nature of the collision and the extent of the damage.

However, reports suggest that the collision did not affect the buoyancy of the two vessels. Furthermore, there’s been no fatalities or injuries as a result of the collision.

Local maritime authorities will be conducting an official inquiry into the incident, so as to determine the cause and responsibility of the collision.

As of September 30th 07:30 UTC, both vessels are anchored at the Itaqui Outer Anchorage. They are likely to remain there until the investigation and subsequent repairs are concluded.


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Posted in Safety , Collision , Accident , Brazil , South America

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