Posted on December 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The German-flagged Tankship, ALUKARD was involved in a head-on collision with the Swiss-flagged Passenger Ship, THURGAU PRESTIGE during the morning hours of December the 19th while transiting through the Rhine.
The incident occurred at approximately 1015 hours, near the German town of Speyer. The Alukard had been travelling from Mannheim with a cargo of diesel bound for Frankfurt when the collision occurred.
As a result of the crash, both vessels sustained damages to their hull, just above the waterline. There was no sign of water ingress following the collision, and there have been no reports of oil pollution from either vessel.
Thankfully after the collision, both ships managed to remain seaworthy and moved to the oil port of Speyer where they could undertake an initial damage assessment.
As a result of the collision at least 20 of the 139 passengers onboard the Thurgau Prestige sustained injuries such as bruises and fractures and had to be hospitalized.
Currently, there’s little information as to how the collision occurred in the first place. A police spokesman, however, has gone on record to suggest that the investigation will take some time to conclude.
Initial reports, however, suggest that the level of fog at the time of the accident might have played an important factor as to why the two vessels collided.
According to the police, damage to the two vessels is substantial and is in the high six-figure range.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic