Maersk container ship collided with longliner, returned and rescued the crew

Container ship CECILIE MAERSK collided with a small French 16-meter fishing boat LE PUFFIN (MMSI 660001000) some 20 nm east of Le Port, Reunion, at around 0230 LT (UTC +4) Aug 7, while approaching port. 5 crew were evacuated, boat remained afloat and has been towed to port. CECILIE MAERSK turned back after collision, closed damaged LE PUFFIN, and took part in rescue and salvage. Reportedly, container ship was the one to pick up fishermen.
Container ship CECILIE MAERSK, IMO 9064401, dwt 28550, capacity 1879 TEU, built 1994, flag HK, manager MAERSK LINE A/S.

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Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.