A bulk carrier reportedly collided with another vessel off the coast of Gibraltar. News sources report that it is sinking.
The 178m bulk carrier named OS 35 and the other vessel named ADAM LNG ran into a collision in the Catalan Bay.
Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation reported that the bulk carrier was at risk of sinking.
The local port authority had directed OS 35 to the bay’s east side to ensure it could be beached, a press release published by the HM Government of Gibraltar mentioned.
The authority mentioned that it was hoping to reduce the risks of the sinking vessel and safeguard the lives of mariners on board.
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Gibraltar pilots were on the vessel.
Tugs were deployed, and booms were placed around the vessel to take care of the oil spills. Ports in the area had been coordinating their responses to utilize the emergency resources.
The bulk carrier was carrying steel rebars. The Strait of Gibraltar is a bustling waterway that separates Europe from Africa.
OS 35 is registered in Tuvalu. Pirates reportedly attacked it off the Somalia coast in 2017. Indian and Chinese forces have assisted.
Before an 18-people Chinese special force group boarded this hijacked bulk carrier, the pirates had fled. The Indian navy offered an air cover.
Reference: News.com.au, Daily Star