CMA CGM stresses that they are only the charterer
CMA CGM underlined two main points; it has been confirmed that both vessels were on passage at the time of the collision with Port Pilots on board. The Odessa Star was not at anchor as early reported and CMA CGM is only the charterer of the vessel, not the owner or day to day manager, responsible for technical management and crew.
After demonstrating these points, firm addressed the explanation held below:
LLOYDS MIU report below, Odessa Star was departing from Izmit bay while CC Verlaine was entering Izmit bay.
Fully cellular containership Odessa Star (20569 gt, built 2000), which carried out loading and discharge operations at Izmir Bay, departed from Izmit Bay early this morning and was in collision with fully cellular containership CMA CGM Verlaine (72760 gt, built 2001), which entered Izmit Bay to proceed to Evyap port to load and discharge, at Cape Dil area in entrance to Izmit Bay at 0920 today, Coastal Safety tugs Kurtarma-2, Kurtarma-6, Gemi Kurtaran and fast rescue boats Kurtarma-5 and Kurtarma-6, together with technical teams attended scene. Incident location declared temporarily restricted zone for all vessels.
Initial inspection was made by coastal safety technical teams and both vessel crews. CMA CGM Verlaine sustained serious damage from her port shell section above the waterline in length of about eight meters and listed up to six degrees. S ubsequently, pumping operation was made by crew. Vessel shifted from incident scene to Evyap port anchorage in Izmit Bay under supervision of coastal safety tugs. About five containers have fallen into sea from main deck stowage, two of which have sunk. Odessa Star has no water ingress or leakage reported. Structural damage (bent, indent, cracks) was noted on side shell plating above the waterline. Vessel shifted from incident location to Diliskelesi anchorage in Izmit Bay. Both vessels departure and movement orders cancelled by Izmit Harbour-master. State, Class, H&M and P&I surveyors will attend on both vessels tomorrow morning in order to carry out detailed inspection.
Underwater inspection may be required depending on initial inspection results. No pollution or injury were reported due to incident at this stage. Coastal safety tugs presently standing by CMA CGM Verlaine at anchorage for safety reasons. Incident investigation file opened by Izmit Harbo ur-master. Detailed crew statements will be collected by Harbour-master Incident investigation department. Vessels will have possible fine imposed depending on investigation results due to breach of safe passage regulation.