Container ships collision at Schouwen-Duiveland anchorage, Netherlands

BerwickThe container ships Berwick and Victoria dragged anchors and collided at Schouwen-Duiveland anchorage, west off Hook of Holland. The boxship Berwick dragged anchors and was pushed by the heavy seas and strong winds to the already secured container carrier Victoria. The both vessel collided and suffered slight damages of the hulls, but remained afloat. Following the collision, the container ship Berwick lost two anchors and suffered engine failure, while the vessel Victoria lost starboard anchor. The accident was reported to local authorities and at the scene was dispatched salvage tugs, which secured the two vessels at anchorage for inspection and safety survey. After it was estimated that there were no sufficient damages were released to return in service.

Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution. The investigation about responsibilities concerning collision is under way.

The crew of container carrier Berwick succeeded to repair the engine trouble and proceeded by own power towards Hook of Holland. The vessel will be repaired from the damages and will return at anchorage waiting for new orders, as being anchored at Schouwen-Duiveland anchorage since mid-November. After the accident, the container ship Victoria is moving on southern course with speed of 4.3 kts, probably adrift. The vessel did not suffered serious damages during collision, but has some breaches above the waterline, which should be patched before return in service.

Container ship VictoriaThe container ship Victoria (IMO: 9290165) has overall length of 178.00 m, moulded beam of 26.00 m and maximum draft of 7.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 22,506 DWT and the gross tonnage is 17,188 GRT. The container carrier was built in 2004 by JJ Sietas Schiffswerft in Hamburg, Germany.

The container ship Berwick (IMO: 9236638) has overall length of 198.00 m, moulded beam of 30.00 m and maximum draft of 7.20 m. The deadweight of the ship is 34,622 DWT and the gross tonnage is 27,093 GRT. The vessel was built in 2002 by STX Shipbuilding in their shipyard in Busan, South Korea.