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Two cargo ships clash in Aegean Sea

July 04, 2013, 11:12 UTC+3

One of them was flying the Maltese flag and carrying iron constructions from Novorossiysk to Italy

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ATHENS, July 4. /ITAR-TASS reporter Yuri Malinov/. Near the Greek island of Andros in the Aegean Sea today clashed two cargo ships, as reported by ITAR-TASS correspondent in the Coast Guard in Greece. According to representatives of the service, the ships have been damaged, but there were no victims in the incident.

According to the Coast Guard, the ship CATHERINE, flying the Maltese flag and carrying iron constructions from Novorossiysk to Italy, under mysterious circumstances clashed with the vessel BATU SATU, which came under the flag of Panama and carried sugar from the Greek port of Piraeus to Bulgaria.

The incident occurred in the Strait Kafirea, 7 nautical miles south-west of Andros. Weather in the area of ​​the accident was good.

“The Crew of ‘Catherine’ consists of 23 people, including one Greek, and on board of ‘Batu Satu’ there were 17 people, among whom there was also one Greek. There is no further information about the nationality of the other members of the teams”, said the official. “The vessels belonging to Greek shipping companies after the collision geared each other's hulls. ‘Catherine’ began to take on water, but so far there is no danger of flooding. The situation remains under control.”

According to Coast Guard representatives, the vessel ‘Batu Satu’ has no leak. A partial evacuation from ‘Catherine’ has been conducted: nine people were taken on the Coast Guard boat to the port of Karystos on the neighboring island of Euboea.

In the area of the accident came tugs from the port of Rafina in mainland Greece and from the island of Andros. They will try to tow the boats to repair docks. A helicopter of the Greek Navy also arrived to the scene of the incident.

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