The general cargo ship Vechtborg allided with pier in Skagen port, Denmark. The vessel arrived at the port under ballast, but due to strong winds failed to berth even under tow by two tugs. The port authorities ordered the vessel to go to anchorage until weather impoves, but while leaving the port, one of the tug’s ropes broke and the vessel was pushed by the waves to the pier. The contact was not strong, but caused some breaches of the ship’s hull above the waterline. There was no water ingress and the cargo vessel Vechtborg was towed to the anchorage, where was secured. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. After collision, the port was closed due to bad weather and danger for the safety of the operations.
During the collision of the general cargo ship Vechtborg there were no reported injuries or water pollution. The vessel suffered minor damages and breaches or even dents above the waterline, but remained afloat and without water ingress. The damages will be repaired at the anchorage and the ship will be inspected after allowed to dock.
The general cargo ship Vechtborg (IMO: 9160334) has overall length of 133.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 7.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 8,664 DWT and the gross tonnage is 6,130 GRT. The cargo ship was built in 1998 by De Hoop Foxhol in the shipyard in Hoogezand, Netherlands.