Container ship Hapag-Lloyd nicked in collision with fishing vessel

A 366 meter long container ship owned by Hapag-Lloyd was involved in a collision with a fishing vessel in a shipping lane off Brest, France.

The collision also took place early Wednesday morning involving the container ship M/V Ain Snan Express and a French fishing vessel named Coral, which was damaged but managed to stay afloat. The container ship sustained a gash in its hull measuring approximately 6 meters long by 1 meter wide approximately 3.50 meters above its waterline.

No injuries were reported.

The vessels were apparently sailing in the downbound lane of the Ouessant Traffic Separation Scheme (DST), west of Brest, when the accident happened.

The fishing vessel was able to resume its course towards the port of Lorient without assistance, while the Ain Snan Express headed for Gibraltar where it underwent repairs before heading to its final destination in Singapore.

The incident was first reported by the Regional Surveillance and Rescue Operational Center (CROSS) in Corsen, France.

The Ain Snan Express is a 13,500 TEU capacity container ship registered in the Marshall Islands and operated by Hapag-Lloyd.

France has opened an investigation into the accident.

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