On 02 February 2013, at about 1000, the Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) was notified by the managers of the Maltese registered motor vessel Katre, that on 01 February 2013, at about 2325 (UTC), their vessel, while on a ballast voyage from Helsingborg, Sweden to Stralsund, Germany, was involved in a collision with the Dutch registered motor vessel Statengracht in position 54° 53.7’N 013° 13.2’E. The position was close to the Northwest entrance of the TSS North of Rugen in the Baltic Sea.
Preliminary information indicated that the collision occurred when Katre was proceeding on a South-easterly course close to the Northwest entrance of the TSS North of Rugen. Statengracht was proceeding towards the entrance of the TSS North of Rugen on a Westerly course.
Statengracht sustained damages to her port side in way of cargo hold no. 2. As a result of the damage, she developed a port list of about 10°. Statengracht was instructed to proceed to the port of Rostock, Germany, which was her original destination. Katre, which sustained damages to her bow area, was instructed to proceed to the port of Mukran, Germany. No injuries and no pollution were reported from both vessels.
The safety investigation concluded that in a typical crossing situation and in good visibility, neither vessel followed basic bridge procedures and COLREGs requirements.
Two recommendations have been made to the managers of Katre and Statengracht in order to enhance safe navigational watches at all times.