Posted on April 01, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Maltese-flagged Oil Tanker, Chemical Marketer collided with the Swiss Cruise Ship, Viking Idun during the early morning hours of April 1st, 2019.
The incident occurred at approximately 00:10 UTC, on the Westerschelde near Terneuzen, a municipality in the Southwestern Netherlands.
Both ships sustained heavy damage during the collision, but as the breaches were centred above the waterline, neither of them experienced any water ingress.
The Viking Idun received extensive damage on its bow, just above the waterline.
The cruise ship had over 170 passengers on board at the time of the accident, some of whom sustained injuries during the collision. One crew member, in particular, had to be hospitalized as a precaution.
The Chemical Marketer has a 1-meter wide breach across its hull, just above the waterline.
Thankfully, there were no signs of environmental contamination following the collision. According to local authorities, the Chemical Marketer was transporting oil during the incident, but there was no risk of an oil leakage due to the ship’s double skin.
None of the crew members onboard the tanker were injured.
The Viking Idun had left Antwerp and was bound for Ghent when the incident occurred.
The Chemical Marketer had sailed from the Turkish port of Iskenderun and was bound for Antwerp.
The Viking Idun has since then been towed to a jetty at Terneuzen where it will undergo damage assessment.