Ropax finally separated from boxship off Corsica

A combination of wave activity and work by salvors finally managed last night to disentangle two ships that had collided north of Corsica on Sunday.

At around 9.30pm last night the Tunisian ropax Ulysse was freed from the hull of the boxship CSL Virginia. The bulbous bow of the ropax has been destroyed and salvors are waiting until later on today before assessing how and where to move both ships for inspection and repair.

Oil spill recovery operations continued yesterday with authorities confident the vast majority of the 200 cu m of bunker fuel spilled has now been cleared up.


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.


  1. The AIS based reconstructions of the moments leading up to, and following, this collision which are doing the rounds on social media are particularly educational.

    So long as no-one was hurt, most shipping mishaps have their funny side.

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