Ferry Slammed into Cement Tanker 

The “Gorinchem X” was in collision with the “Tarsis” 1467 ts (EU-No.: 06004050), on the upper Merwede at Werkendam on Sep 26, 2017, at 7.30 a.m. The master of the ferry, sailing between Gorinchem and Sleeuwijk, initially had felt uncomfortable, after which he lost control of the ship and slammed into the other ship.

There were no passengers on board. The KNRM boat “Tjepke Ekkelboom” was underway at high speed 15 minutes after the accident. Two crew members were dropped off aboard the ferry. Both crew members of the “Gornichem X” were injured. Jointly with Gorinchem’S fire department, the Seaport police and the crew of the patrol boat “RWS 73” they were taken off and brought ashore at the Damen Shipyard where they were treated by ambulance staff.


After both were cared for, the lifeboat headed to the tanker but found that everyone aboard was fine, and the boat could return to the station. The bow of the “Gorinchem X” was crushed. The cement tanker suffered less damage and berthed at Hansweert at 7.45 p.m. Dense fog may have contributed to the collision.