Latest news on the MSC Katie Nordsun collision

Apr 22, 2005
Author: P&S 13.26

Latest information received from Mauritius reveals that MSC Katie, which was in a collision with the Maersk-Sealand/Safmarine charter vessel Nordsun late last night, was sailing from Port Louis and not arriving, as per our earlier report.

MSC Geneva issued a statement a short while ago in which it said MSC Katie was en route out from Port Louis when the M/V Nordsun collided with her… “who was heading towards the port without pilot on board and without waiting for the clearance of the M/V MSC Katie. While M/V MSC Katie tried her utmost to avoid the collision same became impossible as the possibilities to manoeuvre were nil in view of the narrow channel and the high speed of the M/V Nordsun.”

The statement continued that MSC Katie has two large cracks, one over the load line and another one under the load line resulting in flooding of the engine room and the no.7 hold.

No pollution has been reported and repairs to close the cracks have begun, which the owner hopes will lead to the refloating of the vessel.

Safmarine declined to comment this morning apart from referring Ports & Ships to the owner of Nordsun, Reederei ‘Nord’ Klaus E Oldendorff in Limassol.


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