Posted on February 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Peruvian Ferry Men del Norte II, collided with the Antigua-Barbuda-flagged bulk carrier, BBC Zarate, during the early morning hours of February the 15th.
The incident occurred at approximately 03:00 am local time, while the ferry was transiting through the Amazon River, near the port of Iquitos, Peru.
Reportedly, the ferry’s crew lost control of the vessel and proceeded to collide with the cargo ship.
The vessel’s starboard side, near the midship section, impacted against the bow of the BBC Zarate.
As a result of the collision, the ferry was cut in two, causing it to immediately start sinking.
Local authorities immediately dispatched teams to the area and were able to evacuate the passengers and crew of the Men Del Norta II to safety, which amounted to more than 100 individuals in total.
Thankfully, no injuries have been reported as a result of the incident, but the financial cost is significant.
"The losses are millions, two trucks (transported in the Peruvian ship) were swallowed by the Amazon River, as well as motorcycle taxis, cattle heads and poultry," reported a local TV station.
Allegedly, the ferry had already experienced mechanical problems while transiting from Pucallpa to Iquitos.
Local Peruvian authorities have launched an investigation into the incident
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