Ships collide in Baltic Sea — Analysis

According to the Danish and Swedish authorities, two cargo ships belonging to Britain and Denmark collided Monday in the Baltic Sea. The incident has left two people missing.

The collision happened in Danish waters in an area between Denmark’s island of Bornholm and Sweden’s southern Skane County, according to the Joint Operations Center of the Danish Armed Forces. At 3:30 AM local time, the two ships came in contact while sailing in the exact same direction.

Swedish Maritime Administration identified the Danish ship as Karin Hoej. Both sides claimed that she had capsized after colliding with another ship. Two crew members were on board the ship, whose condition was unknown according to the Danish Report.

Scot Carrier was a British vessel that was functionally operational and had safe crew.

Rederiet Hoj’s representative said that the vessel had not been loaded when it sailed south from Sodertalje, Sweden, to Nykobing Falster, in southern Denmark.

Both countries’ rescue teams launched boats and a helicopter in search of missing sailors. The Danish Meteorological Institute stated that thick fog prevailed in the immediate area.

Karin Hoej, a self-propelled 55m-long hopper barge that was constructed in 1977. Scot Carrier is an 90m cargo vessel that was constructed in 2018. The British-flagged ship has a deadweight of 4,700 tons – almost 10 times greater than the barge it collided with.



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