Salvors disentangle vessels after collision in German bay

Coaster Eems Cobalt
Coaster Eems Cobalt

Two general cargo vessels that were wedged into each other following a collision off the German island of Borkum in the North Sea on the evening of 15 November were separated and brought under control on the morning of 16 November, according to Germany’s Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (Havariekommando).

The operation was overseen by the Havariekommando in Cuxhaven, which deployed its multipurpose firefighting vessel Neuwerk and emergency tug Nordic. It also commissioned Dutch tug Waterstroom for the pull operation on 16 November.

The ships involved in the collision are the 1997-built Turkish 8,929 dwt general cargo vessel Paksoy-1, owned and managed by Kadioglu Denizcilik, and 1993-built Dutch 2,270 dwt coaster Eems Cobalt, managed and operated by Amasus Shipping.

The vessels struck each other 25 km north of Borkum, with the bow of the larger Turkish vessel penetrating the starboard side of the Dutch vessel and getting stuck in it. None of the 21 crew members on both ships were injured, nor were any pollutants discharged into the sea, the Havariekommando said. Investigations into the cause of the incident are ongoing.

BothEems Cobalt, which suffered a hole in its hull above the water line, andPaksoy-1, whose bulbous bow got warped in the incident are waiting for inspections to establish if they can proceed under their own power.Paksoy-1 was steaming in ballast, while Eems Cobalthas 1,800 tonnes of magnesium carbonate in its hold. The cargo is not hazardous, the Havariekommando said.