The very large container ship Maersk Genoa was breached in collision with freighter Dan Fighter at Borssele in Netherlands on the main waterway between Breskens and Vlissingen. The container carrier left Antwerp bound to Bremerhaven, when were hit by the cargo ship, which was proceeding to Belgium port. Following the collision, Maersk Genoa suffered breaches in the stern, but above the waterline and without danger from water ingress. The container carrier didn’t lost any containers and reported no injuries. The freighter suffered damages in the bow section, but without breaches. The both ships were advised to drop anchor and detained for further investigation. The root cause of the accident and the responsibilities will be assessed.
The both vessels remained at the anchorage for just several hours and were released to resume voyages. The general cargo ship Dan Fighter proceeded to Antwerp, where will be repaired and additionally surveyed. The very large container ship Maersk Genoa remained at the anchorage during the night with tug Union 5 on stand by until the breaches are repaired. In the early morning on April 5, the ship resumed voyage to Bremerhaven.
The freighter Dan Fighter (IMO: 8709767) has overall length of 64.30 m, moulded beam of 10.50 m and maximum draft of 3.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 1,260 DWT and the gross tonnage 852 GRT. The ship was built in 1988 by Ferus Smit Scheepswerf in Hoogezand, Netherlands.
The very large container ship Maersk Genoa (IMO: 9739680) has overall length of 337.00 m, moulded beam of 48.00 m and maximum draft of 12.70 m. The deadweight of the carrier is 118,908 DWT and the gross tonnage is 113,042 GRT.