A Russian Navy Fleet Frigate collided with the Danish trade ship “Ice Rose”.
On September 23rd, 2020, a Russian Navy Fleet frigate collided with a Danish trade ship off the waters that lead into the Baltic Sea. Danish Armed Forces operational headquarters officer Lisbeth Jorgensen reported that there had been no spills or no evacuations. When the incident occurred, it was reported that the area was under heavy fog. Details regarding the collusion are not clear yet. It was reported that the Danish trade ship Ice Rose was en route from St. Petersburg to Göteborg.
The incident was officially reported by Danish Defence.
Det civile handelsskib ICE ROSE og en russisk fregat er kollideret i den sydlige del af Øresund. @forsvaretdk er til stede med et patruljefartøj sammen med svenske fartøjer. Forsvaret tilbageholder ICE ROSE, til der er sikkerhed for skibets sødygtighed #værdatkæmpefor #dkforsvar
— Forsvaret (@forsvaretdk) September 23, 2020
It was reported by Danish Defence the involved Russian frigate was “311 Kazanets”, a Project 1331M Parchim class frigate, and that the unidentified frigate was not visible on AIS (Automated Information System), a software designed to avoid collisions.
Possible collision between Russian navy tanker Kola & reefer Ice Rose near Oresund bridge, Denmark. pic.twitter.com/8T5zfK2pqn
— The Brit (@TheBrit96) September 23, 2020
The frigate in question collided with Ice Rose (IMO: 8311106), a reefer ship carrying cooled containers and weighing 12.401 tons. No petrol leak was reported. Danish ship has been anchored to the south of Oresund bridge, the bridge connecting Sweden to Denmark. Since the accident happened off Danish waters, the government of Denmark has taken responsibility for investigations. It was also reported that Denmark asked for official aid from Sweden and naval rescue units were dispatched with coast guards over the area.
According to the data from MarineTraffic, multiple forces, pilots, and rescue unit ships were sent to the area. Danish Navy’s Diana-class patrol ship HDMS Najaden (P523) and Swedish rescue ship Elsa Johansson were included in the rescue efforts.