Posted on December 03, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A general cargo ship collided with an anchored product tanker during the morning hours of December the 2nd, while transiting through the river Don, in Russia’s Rostov region.
The incident occurred near the Kochetovskiy Lock Anchorage, at approximately 08:42 am Moscow Time. The Russian-flagged General Cargo Ship, Melita collided with the Russian-flagged Tanker, VF TANKER-14 while attempting to leave the dock.
As a result of the collision, both vessels suffered damages above the waterline.
The Melita experienced a crack on its hull above the waterline, while the VF Tanker-14 equally suffered a small hole in its hull, 5 by 6 centimetres, located in the stern, right above the waterline.
However, the crew members on board the tanker managed to temporarily repair the damages sustained by the vessel, and both ships continued on their transit.
Each ship was crewed by 12 seafarers at the time of the accident; thankfully no injuries sustained by any crew members during the collision, and there has been no sign of an oil spill so far.
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