The Ro-Ro passenger ferry El Venizelos collided with berthed container ship Elafonisos at Perama basin in Piraeus, Greece. The ferry was moored by the stern at the pier, but sudden weather change and increased winds, caused her to swing onto the container ship Elafonisos, which was berthed alongside. The contact caused minor damages to the both vessels and fortunately they remained afloat and without danger for their seaworthiness. The two ships were detained formally by Hellenic Coast Guard during the further investigation and inspection, but later released. There were no injured people and no water pollution during the collision.
The local authorities will investigate the root cause of the accident. According to preliminary information, the bad weather and strong winds are considered as root cause. All the vessels are berthed at Perama and waiting for inspection before return in service.
The Ro-Ro passenger ferry El Venizelos (IMO: 7907673) has overall length of 175.00 m, moulded beam of 28.00 m and maximum draft of 7.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 5,351 DWT and the gross tonnage is 38,261 GRT. The ferry was built in 1992 by Gdynia Shipyard in Poland.
The container ship Elafonisos (IMO: 9179816) has overall length of 208.00 m, moulded beam of 30.00 m and maximum draft of 7.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 33,843 DWT and the gross tonnage is 25,705 GRT. The cargo ship was built in 1999 by Nordic Yards Warnemunde in Rostock, Germany.