8 December 2020
* We have received the following updated information concerning the collision of VEGA SIGMA with other vessels at Bejaia port, Algeria on 5 December 2020.
* We now understand that GIOVANNA TOPIC was not involved in this incident but that fully cellular container vessel ATLANTIC NORTH collided with bulk carrier OWL, contrary to our previous Report.
* Bulk carrier OWL (Grt 33,045, Built 2011) was discharging a cargo of sugar shipped from Paranagua, Brazil at the time of the collision.
* Container carrier VEGA SIGMA collided with ATLANTIC NORTH (Grt 14,241, Built 2002) and allided with a port shore mobile crane at Bejaia port in Algeria, after suffering an engine failure during un-berthing on 5th December 2020.
* Following the collision, container carrier ATLANTIC NORTH lost mooring and came into contact with bulk carrier GIOVANNA TOPIC (Grt 30,363, Built 2002).
* All three vessels and the shore crane are reported to have sustained structural damage with local Authorities conducting inspections together with Classification surveyors
* Records show that ATLANTIC NORTH was on a rotational voyage calling at Mediterranean Sea Ports and Black Sea ports including Bejaia (Algeria), Izmir (Turkey), Ambarli (Turkey), Gemlik (Turkey), Marsaxlokk (Turkey), Constanza (Romania), Odessa (Ukraine), Djen-Djen (Algeria), Barcelona (Spain), Valencia (Spain), Algeciras (Spain), Tanger (Morocco). The vessel may be carrying up to 1,129 TEUs of containerised and/or temperature sensitive cargo.
* GIOVANNA TOPIC had recently arrived at Bejaia, Algeria from Itacoatiara, Brazil and may be laden with up to 67,500 metric tons of grain and / or other bulk products
* It is possible that Salvage, General Average and recovery issues may arise as a result of this casualty.
* Should you insure any of the cargo carried onboard, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible so that we can immediately start taking steps to protect your interests.