The ultra large container ship MSC Regulus collided with fishing vessel Don Gerardo II off Zorritos district coast, Peru. The container carrier was en route from Callao, Peru to Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, when her route was crossed by small fishing boat with 23 people on board. The crew was not able to react accordingly and to avoid collision, which caused capsizing and sinking of the fishing vessel Don Gerardo II. Following the collision, five passengers died, twelve were recovered from the water with injuries, while another 6 are missing. The container ship MSC Regulus went adrift near the collision site and reported the accident to the local authorities.
The large-scale search and rescue operation was started, but unfortunately none of the six missing people were found. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is underway, as no further circumstances were known. The injured people were taken to the local hospital and treated, but all are in stable situation.
“After a flyby the accident site, it was determined that at the moment there are 5 people dead, 6 people missing and 12 people have been rescued with their stable health status”, said the Navy in official statement.
The ultra large container ship MSC Regulus (IMO: 9465291) has overall length of 366.00 m, moulded beam of 48.00 m and maximum draft of 14.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 140,951 DWT and the gross tonnage is 141,635 GRT. The container carrier was built in 2012 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea.