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Freighter, container ship collide off New Jersey

The Coast Guard is investigating what caused a 577-foot bulk freighter and 804-foot container ship to collide in the Kill Van Kull, off Bayonne, N.J.

According to Coast Guard reports, at about 3 a.m. Feb. 15, the 577-foot Pinar Kaptanoglu, a Turkish-flagged freighter departing Newark for China with a full load of scrap metal, collided with the 804-foot German container ship, Yellow Sea, bound for Newark with 1,000 containers. After the collision Yellow Sea ran into Sibonata, an 810-foot Norwegian oil tanker.

Investigators are seeking to determine the cause of the accident. The Coast Guard reported pilots were on board both ships at the time of the accident, and tests showed no alcohol in the blood of the masters and crews aboard either vessel.

No injuries were reported and no spills or loss of cargo were detected by investigators.

Yellow Sea’s hull was scraped on the port side, while Pinar Kaptanoglu sustained extensive bow damage.