Posted on January 23, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Dutch-flagged freighter, FWN Solide, collided with the Finnish icebreaker, Kontio, on approach to the port of Oulu, Finland, during the early morning hours of January the 22nd.
At approximately 10:00 am in the morning, the Solide was transiting through the northeast Gulf of Bothnia, when it collided with the icebreaker Kontio that had been conducting an ice channelling operation in the area.
The Solide was en-route from Rotterdam, Netherlands to Oulu, Finland at the time of the incident, with a crew of 14 seafarers onboard.
The Dutch freighter suffered damage to its bow bulb as a result of the collision, however, there were no signs of water ingress or fuel pollution.
Reportedly, there was a moderate leak of ballast water from the vessel, which caused no immediate concern.
The Kontio did not sustain any damage in the incident.
Icebreakers are equipped with heavy rubber mats and rope nets that can protect against most collisions.
The local Coast Guard patrol and the Finnish Maritime Inspectorate will open an investigation into the incident.
No injuries or environmental damage were reported as a result of the collision.
During winter navigation, vessels travelling in narrow rivers are often at risk, since there is limited room for manoeuvring.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic