Danish Navy locates sunken containers; avocados float ashore

The Danish Navy has located the last two of the five containers that fell off container ship Delphis Gdansk (IMO 9780653) as a result of her collision with bulk carrier BBC Neptune (IMO 9537264) north of Romsø in the Great Belt Strait of Denmark. The containers were resting near the collision site in a depth of 35 metres and did not pose not a danger to shipping, the Navy said.

Three containers were recovered afloat shortly after the collision, while two sank. Two more containers ended up badly damaged on the edge of the cargo deck. One of these caught fire, but the ship’s crew quickly extinguished it. The other container was demolished, causing thousands of avocados and bananas to fall into the water and drift ashore on the South and Southeast coast of Samsø on March 26th.

On March 29th a salvage ship was alongside BBC Neptune in order to remove the debris of the two Hapag Lloyd containers hanging over the damaged port side.

The Maritime Accident Investigation Board was still collecting data to find out the cause of the accident.

On March 30th both ships left their anchorages, with Delphis Gdansk heading to St. Petersburg, ETA April 2nd, and BBC Neptune sailing to Bremerhaven, ETA April 1st.

2010-built, Liberia-flagged, 24,050 gt BBC Neptune is owned by Volan Briese Schiffahrts care of manager Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co KG of Leer (Ostfriesland), Germany. It is entered with West of England Club (Claims Team 1) on behalf of Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG MS “Volans”.

2017-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 25,715 gt Delphis Gdansk is owned by Salter Shipping SA care of Fednav Ltd, Montreal, Canada, and managed by Delphis NV of Antwerp, Belgium. ISM manager is Anglo-Eastern Germany GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with West of England Club (Claims Team 3) on behalf of Salter Shipping SA.