Tanker collides with Cyprus-registered cargo ship off Peterhead in UK

1 September 2015 (Last Updated September 1st, 2015 09:22)

A fuelling tanker Erin Wood has collided with a general Cyprus-registered cargo ship Daroja four miles off Peterhead in the UK.

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A fuelling tanker Erin Wood has collided with a general Cyprus-registered cargo ship Daroja four miles off Peterhead in the UK.

The incident took place when one of the vessels abruptly changed course while crossing route, the general cargo ship hit the tanker with its bow.

Erin Wood sustained damages and had taken a large ingress of water through the wheelhouse, disabling all power and engines and almost capsizing.

Volunteer lifeboat crew from Peterhead came for help and provided additional pumps to fight water ingress.

Streamline Shipping managing director Gareth Crichton was quoted by The Orcadian as saying: "Streamline was alerted to an incident at sea by the master of the chartered vessel MV Daroja at around 1745 on Saturday afternoon where he reported contact with another ship, which transpired to be a small fuel supply shuttle the Erin Wood.

"Both vessels made their way into Peterhead.

"Daroja was alongside overnight, whereupon, following MAIB review and survey of her condition she was cleared to sail north on Sunday, effectively delaying our schedule by 24 hours."

"Erin Wood sustained damages and had taken a large ingress of water through the wheelhouse, disabling all power and engines.

After the situation was brought under control, the tanker was taken to Peterhead. However, the Streamline chartered container ship Daroja headed to Peterhead without suffering any serious damages.

The 24m-long Erin Wood has a moulded beam of 6m and maximum draft of 2m.

Daroja measures 91m long, with a moulded beam of 15m and maximum draft of 4.7m.


Image: Waterlogged tanker Erin Wood off the coast of Peterhead. Photo: courtesy of RNLI/Peterhead.