General cargo vessel collides with offshore service vessel off Germany

General cargo vessel Raba collided with crew transfer vessel World Bora in the Baltic Sea near Germany yesterday, resulting in injuries to the 15 people onboard the World Bora.

The collision happened while the offshore vessel was on its way to the Wikinger offshore windfarm. It was carrying 15 people in total, made up of four crew members and 11 technicians.

The cargo vessel, operated by Polish company Baltramp Shipping, was on its way from Copenhagen to Szczecin.

Ten of the fifteen injured were seriously injured, while the other five suffered minor injuries. There were no injuries reported on the Raba.

According to World Marine Offshore, the owner of World Bora, both of the two vessels were able to return to port under their own power with minor damage to the upper part of their hulls.

The German Society for Rescue of Shipwrecked responded to distress calls and escorted the World Bora to the port of Sassnitz where the rescue teams conducted examinations.

World Marine Offshore has also initiated a full and thorough investigation in co-operation with local and Danish authorities.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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