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On Monday 22nd April, 2024 around 1130 hrs MRCC Rome issued a distress warning  following a collision between the 118m long general cargo ship HAYRIYE ANA and the 220 metre container ship EF OLIVIA about 14 miles from Capo Passero, at the coordinates of Area of Latitude 36° 27′ North and Longitude 15° 15′ East.

The Italian Coastguard ( Guardia Costiera) dispatched marine units including Angeli Del Mare Class Patrol Craft and 300 Class SAR Patrol Craft, AW139 helicopter and an ATR 42 aircraft to intervene in the event of rescue and environmental monitoring.

Quick action prevented any pollution, and both ships were under restricted manoeuvrability headed to a safe port for inspections due to high swell.

Later on in the evening both vessels arrived at Augusta, Sicily where both ships anchored and awaited inspections.

Recent inspections have highlighted multiple deficiencies in the HAYRIYE ANA. On 16th November 2023, Chinese maritime authorities at Lianyungang Port noted 12 issues including Safety and problems with the vessel’s Voyage Data Recorder (VDR). Additionally, in January 2024, Greek authorities also reported 4 deficiencies at Molyvos Port including the VDR. She sustained minor damages mainly at her bow due to the collision.

Meanwhile the 3,091 TEU capacity container ship EF OLIVIA with a gash caused by the other vessel’s bow was noted at her starboard quarter. No injuries and no Pollution was reported.

On Monday 29th April , she was berthed at Augusta Commercial Port for few hours and then she left steaming to Maltese Territorial Waters bound for Malta Freeport to discharge Malta bound cargo of which even CMA CGM Malta issued a notice to valued customers ( Dated 23rd April) regarding her delay.

Finally she entered Marsaxlokk Harbour, bound for Malta Freeport Terminal 1 on Sunday 5th May at 1558 hrs and sailed on Monday 6th May at 1749 hrs bound to Canakkale, Turkey.

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