Collision Between Container Ship MSC RITA and Fishing Boat

by | Oct 29, 2022 | Maritime Law, Personal Injury

There was a collision between the container ship MSC RITA and the fishing boat TREMONT on October 28, 2022.  At the time, the vessels were off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia.  The container ship was en route from New York to Charleston, South Carolina.  The commercial fishing boat sank as a result of the collision.  There were thirteen crew members on board.  Luckily, a nearby research vessel, the Atlantis, was able to assist in rescuing the crew.  The Coast Guard also launched both a helicopter and  plane to assist in search and rescue efforts.  Twelve of the crew members boarded a life raft, which was towed to the research boat.  The Captain remained on board the fishing boat until he was rescued by the helicopter.  It is unclear what injuries were sustained in the collision, but luckily no one appears to have been killed.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  A longshoreman was killed by a shipping container at Port Everglades, Florida on October 20, 2022.  A small recreational boat exploded in Harford County, Maryland on October 21, 2022.  There was an explosion on the container ship EF AVA on October 24, 2022.  There was a fire on board the ferry EXPRESS CANTIKA 77 on October 24, 2022.  A crew member was stabbed on board a vessel at the Port of Long Beach, California on October 24, 2022.  The container ship RAGNA ran aground on October 27, 2022.

It can be dangerous to work in any industry when safety considerations are not taken seriously.  This is especially so when working on a large ship. Safe maritime companies must ensure that their ships do not put the lives of their passengers or workers at risk.  Safe maritime companies must be proactive and take preventative measures, including regular maintenance and repairs, as well as ensuring its crew members are adequately trained.

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