On Friday, two cargo vessels collided in the eastern Aegean Sea, nine miles north of the Greek island of Chios, near the Turkish coast. The incident involved 19 crew members aboard the Singapore-flagged cargo vessel Potentia and 13 crew members aboard the Vanuatu-flagged ship Ant. The vessels were not carrying any cargo at the time of the collision. The Greek authorities deployed seven vessels and a search and rescue helicopter to the site. There were no injuries, and the authorities confirmed that there was no risk of pollution as a result of the collision.
An official from the coast guard confirmed that the cause of the incident was unknown, and an investigation has been launched into the incident. Although the collision resulted in visible hull damage to the Ant, there was no significant damage to either vessel. The Greek authorities had safeguarded the area, and the situation was brought under control quickly.
According to the Hellenic Coast Guard, the accident occurred in the all-important Strait of Chios, which handles a considerable amount of vessel traffic. The Strait of Chios is known for being a challenging and busy waterway. With the assistance of the Greek Coast Guard, the vessels will be moved to an assigned area for further inspection. The incident highlights the importance of safety measures and reminds us of the ever-present risk of collisions in the shipping industry.
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