On April 5, the 123 meter long, 2403 dwt ro-ro passengers ferry Jian Feng Ling collided with the 185 meter long, 44593 dwt container ship Hong Yang in the Hainan Strait near Haikou, China. The Hong Yang struck the starboard hull of the Jian Feng Ling causing considerable damage. The ferry had damage on both the car and passenger decks with several passengers injured and multiple vehicles damaged. The Hong Yang sustained damage to its bow, but did not have any injuries on board. Reports state the Hong Yang was en route to Qinzhou while the Jian Feng Ling was headed for Haikou.
On March 27, the 178 meter long, 24700 dwt container ship Delphis Gdansk collided with the 190 meter long, 37506 dwt cargo vessel BBC Neptune off Kalundborg, Denmark. The Delphis Gdansk was en route to Russia from the Netherlands when it approached the bulk carrier Western Boheme and cargo vessel BBC Neptune. The Delphis Gdansk altered its course so that the container ship would pass to the port side of the Western Boheme while the BBC Neptune also changed course to port. While the Delphis Gdansk passed safely by the Western Boheme, the container ship was struck amidship by the BBC Neptune’s starboard hull near the bow.
Both vessels sustained significant damage with hull breaches above the waterline. The Delphis Gdansk had several containers lost or destroyed during the collision. After the collision, a fire started on the BBC Neptune. A response boat was dispatched with fire fighters and were able to assist in extinguishing the blaze. No reports of injuries on either vessel.
Authorities dispatched additional response vessels and aircraft to the scene while salvors began a search of containers in the shipping channel. Reports stated seven containers had been lost in the collision. By the next day, salvors had recovered three containers floating in the channel.
Reports state both the Delphis Gdansk and BBC Neptune will be taken to a nearby shipyard for repairs. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On March 24, the 330 meter long, 134007 dwt container ship MSC Shuba B and the 266 meter long, 63200 dwt container ship Laura Maersk collided in the port of Callao, Peru. The Laura Maersk was maneuvering in the port when it’s bow struck the stern hull of the MSC Shuba B. Both vessels sustained only slight damage and there were no injuries or pollution released. Authorities inspected both vessels and allowed them to proceed on their voyage the following day.