Collision in Irbe Strait
The 186 meter long oil tanker Maersk Etienne collided with the 225 meter long bulk carrier Coral Opal in the Irbe Strait near Mikelbaka, Lativa. The two vessels collided while doing a maneuver during the night resulting in both vessels being slightly damaged. The Coral Opal sustained damage to a ballast tank, but was allowed to proceed after a visual inspection. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Maerks Etienne was en route to Riga from Rouen while the Coral Opal was headed to Amsterdam from Riga.