German freighter cut in two Peruvian passenger ship deep in Amazon jungle

UPDATE: It looks like BBC ZARATE was anchored, while carrying out cargo operations, with No.1 Hold open. Passenger ship lost control or miscalculated her movements, and rammed into BBC ZARATE bow.

General cargo ship BBC ZARATE in the morning Feb 15 collided with local passenger ship MEN DEL NORTE 2 on Amazon river near Iquitos, Belen district, Peru. BBC ZARATE struck passenger ship portside near midshipsection, inflicting heavy damages and practically, cutting MEN DEL NORTE 2 in two. Luckily, all passengers on board were rescued, no injures reported. It seems like BBC ZARATE remained stuck in MEN DEL NORTE 2. BBC ZARATE was in Iquitos since Feb 12.
General cargo ship BBC ZARATE, IMO 9337236, dwt 12834, built 2007, flag Antigua, manager BOCKSTIEGEL REEDEREI GMBH & CO.



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