Posted on January 28, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Two tankers collided in the Baltic Sea, near Rugen, Germany, at approximately 03:00 UTC, during the early morning hours of January the 25th.
German-flagged container ship Beate collided with the Norwegian-flagged general cargo ship, Norvind, some 8 nautical miles east of Sassnitz.
Beate was en route from Swinoujscie Poland to Bremerhaven when it struck Norvind on the starboard side, forward of midships.
As a result of the impact, the Norvind’s hull was severely damaged, creating a four-by-four meter hole on its starboard side, above and below the waterline.
The vessel experienced immediate water ingress, which was temporarily put under control by use of the ship’s pumps.
Taking advantage of the ballast water tanks, the captain managed to partially list the ship over to one side so as to raise the hole above the waterline.
Originally, the Captain of the Norvind considered evacuating the ship, but
both Norvind and Beate managed to reach the Sassnitz docks.
Reportedly, the Beate only received minor bow damages and managed to set sail under its own power later in the afternoon.
However, the Norvind, having sustained extensive damage, required continuous assistance from local fire engines in order to stay afloat.
No injuries were reported as a result of the collision. Furthermore, there have been no reports of any environmentally hazardous leaks.
Local authorities have begun an investigation into the incident which has yet to conclude, but initial reports suggest that the Norvind didn’t follow proper priority rules when it comes to navigation.