The 40 meter long fishing trawler Angela Arcella capsized in Grand Harbour, Malta. The trawler was carrying bait when it was struck by the 152 meter long, 9422 dwt cargo vessel Maria. The Maria had suffered a mechanical failure while manuevering and struck the Angela Arcella, the moored 88 meter long, 2362 dwt cargo vessel Union and the 29 meter long, 190 dwt tug Lieni. The Angela Arcella rolled over on its port side spilling the two crewmen on board into the water. Both were later rescued and taken to hospital, but no reports of injuries. The Union and Lieni sustained no damage. Authorities responded and booms were placed around the Angela Arcella to contain any pollution released.
The 42 meter long, 438 gt fishing vessel Vertrouwen TX 68 collided with the 35 meter long, 154 gt offshore support vessel Maria in the North Sea off Den Helder, Netherlands. The Maria sank after the collision in rests in water 25 to 30 meters deep. Two of the five crew on board were rescued. Three men were reported missing. Divers went dispatched as it possible that the crewmen were trapped inside, but an inspection found that all five men were able to abandon ship. Three KNRM lifeboats, Coast Guard aircraft along with other commerical vessels have join in the search for the missing crewmen. The cause of the collision was not reported. More on Dutch Coastguard and KNRM
- 3 missing in North Sea ship collision – Dutch coastguard (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- 3 Sailors Missing After Collision on the North Sea (abcnews.go.com)