Crude carrier and container ship collided in Bay of Algeciras

UACC ShamsThe crude carrier UACC Shams collided with container ship Celina Star in the Bay of Algeciras off the Getares beach, Spain. The tanker was proceeding to enter the port, while the container carrier was leaving the port, but maneuvered and laid on crossing routes. The both duty officers neglected tje ColReg and delayed in maneuvering, which caused collision. The crude carrier UACC Shams suffered dented bulwark at the portside foreship, while the container ship Celina Star suffered dents and bruises at the starboard side aft. The accident was reported to the local authorities and both ships were ordered to anchor in Bay of Algeciras for special survey and inspection. Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no oil leak. The both vessel were obliged to deposing 50,000 EUR as sanction for the accident.

It was estimated that damages were slight and there was no danger for seaworthiness of the both ships. The container ship Celina Star was released to resume her voyage to Livorno, while the crude carrier UACC Shams docked at the port for cargo handling operations.

The local authorities and Investigation Commission for Incidents at Ministry of Public Works started investigation for the root cause of the accident. According to preliminary information, the container carrier was due to maneuver, when saw the crude carrier from her starboard, according to ColReg. The change of the command from the Master to the duty officer, neglecting the situation, as well as overtrusting the navigation equipment, were the main circumstances, which caused the collision. The both ships succeeded to maneuver in very last moment and minimized the collision damages.

Celina StarThe container ship Celina Star (IMO: 9210086) has overall length of 243.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of The deadweight of the vessel is 40,059 DWT and the gross tonnage is 37,113 GRT. The vessel was built in 2001 by Samsung Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries in their shipyard in South Korea. During the collision, the vessel was leaving Algeciras en route to Livorno, Italy.

The crude carrier UACC Shams (IMO: 9428360) has overall length of 182.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 9.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel 49,999 DWT and the gross tonnage is 30,006 GRT. During the accident, the vessel was en route from El Ferrol to Algeciras.