The container ship MSC Elsa 3 collided with the abandoned bulk carrier Katina at the Hodeidah anchorage in Yemen. The container carrier was maneuvering to leave the anchorage, but due to human mistake and dead inertia collided with the anchored bulker. The accident happened in slow speed and the both ships remained afloat. The bulk carrier Katina did not suffered serious damages, while the container ship MSC Elsa 3 was breached in the forecastle. The local authorities allowed container carrier to berth at the port after short inspection. The ship will re repaired and released to return in operations. The vessel returned in service with 1 day delay from schedule and headed to Salalah, Oman.
The investigation for the root cause and responsible for the collision is under investigation. Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution.
The container ship MSC Elsa 3 (IMO: 9123221) has overall length of 184.00 m, moulded beam of 25.30 m and maximum draft of 7.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 22,994 DWT and the gross tonnage is 16,799 GRT. The container ship was built in 1997 by New Szczecin Shipyard in Poland. The owner of the vessel is German company Er Schiffahrt and the operator is MSC.
The bulk carrier Katina (IMO: 7410852) was abandoned by crew and shipowner since 2013 and stranded at Hodeidah anchorage in Yemen. The vessel has overall length of 173.00 m, moulded beam of 26.00 m and maximum draft of 7.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 26,026 DWT and the gross tonnage is 16,591 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 1980 y Estaleiro Maua shipyard in Brazil.