On 2nd June, two merchant ships were reportedly involved in a collision in the waters off the Greek island of Chios.
n particular, the Singapore-flagged ship named Potentia, carrying 19 foreign crew members and traveling from Izmir to France, collided with the stern section of the Vanuatu-flagged ship called ANT near the Greek island of Chios. The ANT ship had 13 foreign crew members, including 10 Turkish nationals, and had departed from Alexandria, Egypt, heading to Ukraine.
However, one of the ships which sustained damage in the collision refused the help of the Greek Coast Guard despite being in a designated Greek search and rescue area. The vessel, which is crewed by ten Turkish sailors among other nationalities, instead opted to head towards Turkey.
Luckily, no fatalities or serious injuries are known to have occurred.
As informed, several sea vessels and aerial vehicles scrambled to the scene once the incident was reported. According to the Greek Coast Guard, the incident occurred at noon.
As explained, the ANT ship’s hull suffered significant damage in the middle section due to the collision, but there were no immediate reports of danger on its deck.
The weather conditions remained calm during the incident, which facilitated a safe and efficient rescue effort.