On March 2, the 18 meter long fishing vessel Lusitania Primero sank in the port of Vigo, Spain. The Lusitania Primero had been moored alongside another longliner when it suffered a broken pipe in the stern. The crew on board attempted to get the water ingress under control, but they were not able dewater the vessel. The crew requested assistance with the local fire brigade responding. The firemen tried to dewater the vessel as well, but the rate of water ingress was too much and the fishing vessel partially sank. No reports of injuries.
Authorities placed booms around the vessel to contain any pollution. Divers were requested to help remove any diesel fuel from the vessel’s tanks.
The 185 gt fishing vessel Mar de Marin collided with the 164 meter long, 12466 dwt car carrier Baltic Breeze in the Vigo river off Vigo, Spain. The trawler had turned into the path of the Baltic Breeze causing the collision. The Mar de Marin sank three minutes later. Five crew were able to make it to a life raft and were rescued. The other 5 men on board perished. The fishing vessel rests in 52 meters of water. Reports state the Baltic Breeze was allowed to proceed on to Algeria. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.