Bulkers Collide Causing Heavy Damages

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A Danish bulker heavily damaged in collision with Greek bulker, reports Maritime Bulletin.

Collision between vessels

Greek and Danish bulk carriers LEVANTES and CLIPPER COMO collided at around 0100 UTC Sep 18 in Aegean sea some 10 nm SW of Bozcaada island, Turkey. No news yet on LEVANTES damages, while CLIPPER COMO, apparently was heavily damaged, breached portside cargo hold area, taking on water.

The ships were sailing in opposite directions – LEVANTES laden with wheat completed Dardanelles transit en route from Russia to Egypt; CLIPPER COMO was en route from Jorf Lasfar Morocco to Samsun Turkey, Black sea, also in laden condition, with cargo of phosphate.

As of 0430 UTC Sep 18, CLIPPER COMO was adrift SW of Bozcaada, surrounded by Turkish tugs, CG and aux boats. Understood the ship is in serious danger, she developed heavy fore tilt and portside list.

LEVANTES after collision moved to nearby Greek island Limnos, was adrift or moving at slow speed as of 0430 UTC, no information on her damages.

1030 UTC Sep 18 UPDATE: CLIPPER COMO anchored at Bozcaada southern anchorage, surrounded by SAR boats, tugs.

Vessels’ Information

  • Bulk carrier LEVANTES, IMO 9244829, dwt 76015, built 2001, flag Marshall islands, manager NEWPORT SA Greece (EQUASIS).
  • Bulk carrier CLIPPER COMO, IMO 9486570, dwt 37302, built 2010, flag Marshall islands, manager CLIPPER BULK A/S Denmark (EQUASIS).

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Source: Maritime Bulletin

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