General cargo ship and container ship collide in the Baltic Sea

German-flagged box ship Beate collided with Norwegian cargo ship Norvind in the Baltic Sea. Credit: Dietmar Hasenpusch

The German-flagged container ship Beate collided with the Norwegian cargo ship Norvind just before dawn on 25 January near the German island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea.

According to a statement from the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS), Beate was en route from Szczecin, Poland to Bremerhaven, Germany, while Norvind was transiting between the German port of Sassnitz-Mukran and Gdańsk, Poland.

The Norwegian vessel was struck on its starboard side around the height of cargo hold 1 and suffered significant water ingress. Its captain radioed a Mayday signal to DGzRS at around 4 a.m. and prepared the ship’s 10 crew members for an evacuation.

However, Norvind was ultimately able to pump the water out and move slowly

toward Sassnitz-Mukran in the company of two rescue vessels. Beate, which had 13 crew members onboard, suffered no significant damage in the incident.

There were no injuries reported on either vessel.

German authorities will investigate the cause of the collision