German container ship catches fire following collision in Greece

Container feeder vessel Libertas-H (IMO 9388388) and general cargo ship Sea Leader (IMO 9363998) collided early on Wednesday September 6th, resulting in a fire breaking out on the 724 teu Libertas H. However, it was soon extinguished by the 11 crew.

The Greek Coast Guards reported the incident as happening about 4nm south of the island of Cefalonia, in the Ionian Sea just west of the Greek mainland.

No casualties or pollution were reported, although there had apparently been some material damaged to both ships and/or their cargo. There were no stability issues as a result of the incident.

The Libertas-H appeared to leave the site of the incident and head for the Gulf of Argostoli at Cefalonia. The Sea Leader, however, was shown as immobilized, south of the island. The Sea Leader had 12 crew seafarers on board. It is reported to have links to Cyprus-registered Hawkes Holding, which owns another four similar vessels, although the vessel’s manager is Switzerland-based Granvik Shipping.

Reederei Hinsch, the owner of the Libertas-H, operates five feederships and two general cargo ships.

2007-built, Malta-flagged, 5,197 gt Sea Leader is owned by Bulk Delta Shipping Ltd care of manager Granvik shipping SA of Lausanne, Switzerland. ISM manager is Marine Trans Management LLC of Odesa, Ukraine.

2007-built, Portugal-flagged, 7,532 gt Libertas-H is owned by UMS Schiffahrts care of manager Reederei Hinsch of Buxtehude, Germany. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of UMS Schiffahrts GmbH. For Hull and Loss of Hire it is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Reederei Hinsch GmbH.