Boxships Collide off Port Said

Columbo Express
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The 336 meter long container ship Colombo Express collided with the 332 meter long container ship Maersk Tanjong in the Suez Canal near Port Said, Egypt.  The Colombo Express was attempting to overtake the Maersk Tanjong  when it lost rudder control and swung hard to port striking the starboard stern of the Tanjong.  The  port side of the Colombo Express’s bow sustained a 20 meter dent and three containers fell overboard.  One container was later recovered. No reports of injuries or pollution released.  Both vessels proceeded to the canal lakes for repairs while authorities conduct an investigation into the incident.


Pride of Canterbury

Pride of Canterbury
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The 180 meter long, 7509 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Pride of Canterbury caught fire off Calais, France. The Pride of Canterbury departed on a regular scheduled crossing of the English Channel with 337 passengers and 119 crew from Dover, England.  A fire broke out in the engine room releasing a dense black flume of toxic smoke. Passengers had difficulty breathing as ash fell on the deck. The sprinkler system was able to extinguish the blaze some 20 minutes later.  No reports of injuries to passengers or crew. The Pride of Canterbury was pulled from service to be inspected for damage.  Reports state the fire started in the vessel’s starboard engine.


Car Carriers Collide

Baltic-Breeze

The 99 meter long ro-ro car carrier Neckar Highway collided with the 164 meter long car carrier Baltic Breeze in the entry section of the Pierre Vandamme lock in Zeebrugge, Belguim. The Neckar Highway was proceeding alongside the starboard side of the moored Baltic Breeze toward the lock when the Baltic Breeze shifted and the two vessel collided. No reports of injuries. The Neckar Highway proceeded to a nearby quay. The Baltic Breeze was taken under tow by 2 tugs.

Neckar-Highway

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