Vessels Collide in Demark’s Great Belt
The Danish Marine Home Guard has reported a vessel collision in its Great Belt waterway.
A 178-meter-long container ship, 'Delphis Gdansk', collided with the 190-meter-long bulk carrier, 'BBC Neptune', in the Danish strait, a deep-water route between the island of Fyn and Zealand on March 27, 2018.
The Danish navy said it received an alert about a fire starting on the BBC Neptune at around 7:30 am and responded by sending a boat with nine personnel aboard.
After extinguishing the fire, the navy searched for seven containers that had been lost off the containership.
A Twitter update on the situation posted by the Danish Defence Force on March 28 said that it had rescued three of the containers floating in the Great Belt and that it was attempting to find two containers that had sunk.
The military unit is awaiting plans to take the ships back to a shipyard.
The ships (yellow dots on the map) are still at anchor in the strait as investigations continue
The forces had to contend with poor visibility yesterday as they cleared debris and containers from the water to stop other ships travelling through the waterway being at risk.
A vessel traffic service has directed cargo ships west of the accident site where the damaged ships laid at anchor.
There are no reports of injuries or pollution.
View images of the incident from the Danish Defence Force:
De to skibe er væk fra sejlruten, og situationen er under kontrol. Der bliver arbejdet på at finde de sidste containere i vandet, så skibe igen kan færdes sikkert på Storebælt. Den endelige årsag til sammenstødet findes først senere. #forsvardk #værdatkæmpefor pic.twitter.com/bN8Y3rOoQl— Forsvaret (@forsvaretdk) March 27, 2018
2 skibe kollideret i Storebælt. Kortvarigt brand på det ene. @forsvaretdk er på stedet med skibe og helikopter. Ingen tilskadekomne og ingen tegn på olieudslip. #dkforsvar #værdatkæmpefor pic.twitter.com/JVORKeRGME— Forsvaret (@forsvaretdk) March 27, 2018