I would have liked to have seen the face or hear the language of the OOW when he realised he had rammed his ferry Ulysse en route Genoa for Tunis into the anchored – yes – stationary – container ship CSL Virginia when off Corsica.
Embarrassment is hardly a strong enough word when taking into consideration the damage caused and the pollution of the beaches of this, the most fashionable corner of the Med, due to breached bunker tanks of the larger ship.
San Tropez was amongst the resorts requiring emergency clean–up due to the arrival of fuel oil from the burst tanks of the CSL Virginia, not the most modern or eco friendly container ship around, and given the low earnings of so many container voyages these days, I would not be surprised if this wasn’t the death knell for this ship, brought to a premature end by the German built Tuniisian flag freighter Ulysse of COTUNAV. As I write, she is in her home port of La Goulette, Tunis, after some days being extricated from the side of her larger adversary.
COTUNAV is the Tunisian national ferry operator which has been upgrading its fleet in recent years with their Korean built flagship Tanit (52,645,’12) and the elegant Carthage (31,647’99) on the passenger service to Europe, while the sisters Salambo and Ulysse focus on freight.