The bulk carrier Harvest Sun collided with Danish fishing vessel FN 126 Anna P in Kattegat strait east off Laeso island. The both vessels were on on crossing routes in moderate weather and good visibility, but collided due to violation of ColReg and human mistake. The collision caused serious damages to the fishing boat, which bow was smashed. The vessel started getting water ingress but remained afloat. The nearby fishing ships responded to the mayday signal and evacuated the two fishermen. Also at the scene arrived Danish rescue boat, carrying pumps to pump out the water from the fishing vessel FN 126 Anna P. The troubled fishing ship was towed to Osterby Havn in Laeso, where will be repaired.
“It was great that we could keep the cutter afloat and get it to port”, said Kim Rulle from Easterby Rescue Station.
The bulk carrier Harvest Sun suffered only minor damages without leaks, but was detained at Skagen anchorage for safe inspection and special survey. After it was estimated that there were no breaches and no safety violation, the vessel was released to return in service and resumed the voyage to Cape Town, South Africa.
Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no reported water pollution. The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident.
The bulk carrier Harvest Sun (IMO: 9222625) has overall length of 190.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 6.40 m. The deadweight of the ship is 52,224 DWT and the gross tonnage is 30,447 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 2001 by STX Shipbuilding in the yard in Busan, South Korea. The owner and operator of the cargo ship Harvest Sun is US office of Wilhelmsen Shipmanagement. During the accident the bulk carrier was en route from Sillamae, Estonia to Cape Town, South Africa.
The fishing vessel FN 126 Anna P has overall length of 14.00 m, beam of 4.00 m and draft of 1.50 m. The gross tonnage of the boat is 34 GRT.