Two vessels MV Colombo Express – container vessel, 95+ tonnage, German flag in the second Suez Canal southbound convoy on 29th September collided with MV Maersk Tanjong (container vessel, 96+ tonnage) at 07:15hrs at KM 15.
The incident occurred when the Maersk Tanjong was clearing the Suez Canal Container terminal to join the second convoy, whilst the Colombo Express was already proceeding through the convoy at the same point.
Three containers have fallen from the Colombo Express and the vessel has also received a 20 metre dent to its left side.
The incident has severely interrupted the second southbound convoy and the northbound convoy is therefore expected to delay.
The Suez Canal Authority is currently trying to pick up the dropped containers from the eastern channel and both vessels will be moored at the canal lakes until the required investigations, paper work and maintenance have been completed.