Bunker barge holed following collision off Peterhead

Bunker barge holed following collision off Peterhead

A bunker vessel has been towed to Peterhead after colliding with a general cargo ship in Scottish waters late yesterday afternoon.

A lifeboat was deployed by the Aberdeen coastguard as two crew on the 24 m long Erin Wood bunker barge reported the ship was taking on water at around 1700 hrs yesterday. The barge had collided with the Cyprus registered Daroja (4,155 dwt; built 1997). The barge has suffered a serious gash below the waterline having been hit by the general cargo ship’s bow. The barge listed heavily as water entered a ballast chamber. Coastguard members managed to pump out water from the barge before a fishing vessel towed the barge to a nearby harbour.

The Daroja, owned by Germany’s Hinsch Reederei, also moored at the same harbour pending an investigation into the accident.

 

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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