German and Israel boxships collision in Marmara, CMA CGM Verlaine seriously damaged
German boxship CMA CGM Verlaine collided with Israel boxship Odessa Star, in a dense fog. Judging from Turkey newspapers reports, Odessa Star was anchored, CMA CGM Verlaine was leaving Gulf of Izmit and passing Odessa Star bow, changed course and kind of stuck herself on Odessa Star bow. CMA CGM Verlaine got a big hole portside, 5 containers fell overboard, 2 sank. CMA CGM Verlaine was on the verge of sinking also - water rushed in a hole, but tugs hurried to the scene and took vessel to shallow waters. Odessa Star got some cracks and dents. Both vessels now staying in Gulf of Izmit, waiting for investigation and inspection. CMA CGM Verlaine IMO 9221815 Flag Germany build 2001 DWT 79501. Odessa Star IMO 9223746 Flag Malta build 2000 DWT 25638, manager Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.