OSA accident in Kaliningrad: Polish version vs. Russian version
I informed my subscribers on freighter OSA accident, basing my report on official report issued by MRCC Moscow, Russia:
Freighter allision, Kaliningrad
General cargo vessel OSA suffered steering gear failure and allided with floating pier while entering Kaliningrad port, Baltic sea, at 0440 Moscow time Mar 26. Vessel was brought to anchor to fix steering gear. At 0542 Mar 26 vessel resumed sailing, and was docked at Kaliningrad port. OSA said to suffer slight if any damages, pier catwalk was damaged.
Polish maritime edition PortalMorski published another version, based on information PortalMorski received from Szczecin-based ship owner, Baltramp Shipping Sp. According to the shipowner, there were no mechanical failures whatsoever, allision with floating pier was caused by pilot’s wrong commands, labeled by owner as “unprofessional”.
MRCC report didn’t mention presence of the pilot, but there’s no doubt there was pilot on board. Still, MRCC reports are anything but biased, MRCC is an independent institution, which is impartially recording accidents. So it’s an owner’s word against MRCC word.