The reefer container ship Sevilla Carrier collided with tuna fishing vessel Hsiang Yung No6 in Philippines Sea on 515 nautical miles east-south-east off Eluanbi, Taiwan. The container carrier stuck into the stern of the fishing vessel. The collision caused breaches of the tuna fishing ship, which started getting water ingress. Some compartments of Hsiang Yung No6 were flooded, but there is no immediate danger for the seaworthiness of the vessel. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene were dispatched tugs, which will assist the salvage of the sinking fishing ship. The ten crew of Hsiang Yung No6 remained on board trying to pump out the water from the flooded compartments. At the scene arrived another fishing vessel, which will assist with salvage. The reefer container ship Sevilla Carrier also remained nearby in case of worsening of the situation.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. According to preliminary information, the fishing vessel crossed the route of the container ship Sevilla Carrier and there was no time for accurate reaction. Fortunately there were no injured people and no reported water pollution during the accident.
The reefer container ship Sevilla Carrier (IMO: 9078488) has overall length of 134.00 m, moulded beam of 20.00 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 7,252 DWT and the gross tonnage is 5,994 GRT. The container ship was built in 1994 by Kyokuyo Shipbuilding and Iron works in Shimonoseki, Japan. The owner and operator is UK company Norbulk.