A tragic collision between two cargo ships in the North Sea has resulted in one casualty and four crew members reported missing, according to German authorities. The incident occurred approximately 22 kilometers southwest of Helgoland, prompting an immediate rescue operation involving multiple vessels and helicopters.
The cargo ship identified as the Verity, sailing under the British flag en route from Bremen to Immingham, sank after colliding with the Polesie, registered under the Bahamas flag and traveling from Hamburg to La Coruna. While the Verity measured 91 meters in length, the Polesie was substantially larger at 190 meters.
The Polesie, with 22 individuals on board, remained afloat, with no reported injuries among the crew members. Additionally, the vessel actively participated in the search and rescue efforts, assisting in the retrieval of a Filipino sailor from the Verity.
The rescue operation involved the participation of the CCME, a P&O cruise ship named the IONA, and helicopters, all working tirelessly in challenging weather conditions characterized by strong winds and waves reaching heights of up to three meters.
The recent collision in the North Sea echoes a previous maritime incident that occurred weeks ago, involving a ship carrying electric cars that caught fire off the coast of the Netherlands. The Fremantle Highway, navigating from Bremerhaven to Port Said, faced considerable challenges during the rescue operation due to adverse weather conditions, resulting in the loss of one life and injuries to several crew members.
Efforts to tow the ship to safety were eventually successful, despite the initial complications posed by the harsh weather, ensuring the vessel's arrival at the port of Eemshaven in northern Netherlands.