Posted on September 27, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

The Japanese-flagged Mega Container Ship, ONE BLUE JAY collided with the Turkish-flagged Tanker, GUNECE during the morning of September the 26th while attempting to berth at the port of Perama, Piraeus, Greece.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:10 UTC; the vessel had just arrived from Singapore via the Suez Canal and was proceeding to the container terminal berth at Piraeus.

The collision was a major one; the containership collided with the starboard side of the chemical tanker, almost cutting the smaller vessel in half.

According to initial reports, a number of tugs were immediately dispatched to the scene in order to prevent the Gunece, which had been berthed at the time, from sinking.

The same report suggests that two of the thirteen crew aboard the Turkish tanker had to be immediately hospitalized, as they were injured in the incident.

There were no reports of injuries among the 23 seafarers that were crewing the One Blue Jay at the time

As of writing, the smaller vessel has developed a heavy list to its starboard side as well as a hull crack and is in danger of capsizing.

Double floating dams have been set up around the tanker in order to ensure the security of the vessel.

The Piraeus Port Authority is currently conducting an investigation into the incident and has temporarily banned both ships from departing until the investigation concludes.


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Posted in Safety , Collision , Greece , Europe

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