Posted on October 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Chinese-flagged, COSCO Panamax Bulk Carrier, HUA SHENG HAI collided with the French-flagged Fishing Trawler, KIRRIXKI during the early morning hours of October the 12, while transiting off the coast of Southern Ireland.
The collision occurred off the coast of Kerry, some 37 nautical miles north-west of Valentia Island.
The Hua Sheng Hai had been en route from Guinea to Aughinish, Ireland when the incident occurred.
As a result of the collision, the French trawler sustained heavy damages to its bow, and one of the fishermen was seriously injured, requiring immediate medical treatment.
Having received warning of a collision at sea, the Valentia Coast Guard tasked the RNLI Valentia all-weather-lifeboat to go to the scene of the incident.
The unfortunate fisherman had sustained spinal injuries during the collision. Because of the adverse weather conditions in the area, three to four force winds and a four-meter swell, it was considered too risky to attempt a boarding.
The trawler was moved to Dingle, and the injured fisherman was then transferred into an ambulance. He has been taken to University Hospital Kerry and is received further medical attention.
The Irish Department of Transport has recognized that the collision occurred outside of Irish waters. Since there were no Irish-flagged vessels involved, it has called for the respective flagged states to conduct an investigation into the incident.