The general cargo ship Geprgios Alexios collided with French fishing vessel Antaeus in Saint-Georges Canal, between UK and Ireland. The accident happened in the UK responsibility zone, as both vessels were proceeding on crossing routes at dense fog. The general cargo ship hit the port board of the fishing vessel and almost capsized it. The fishing ship Antaeus suffered serious damages, but remained afloat and managed to reach French port Douamenez under own power, while the general cargo vessel got only some dents are proceeded voyage to Antwerp. The UK and France authorities launched an separate investigations for the root cause of the collision.
According to the witness evidences from the fishermen on board of the ship Antaeus, after the collision the vessel was close to capsizing under the impact of collision. Fortunately there were no injured people and no water pollution after the accident.
The general cargo ship Geprgios Alexios (IMO: 9192624) has overall length of 100.00 m, moulded beam of 13.00 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The vessel has deadweight of 4,439 DWT and gross tonnage of 2,997 GRT. The general cargo ship Geprgios Alexios was built in Solvenske Lodenice in Komarno, Slovakia.
The French fishing vessel Antaeus has overall length of 21.00 m, moulded beam of 5.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The gross tonnage of the fishing trawler is 128 GRT.