ROYAL HELENA vs. NAO VICTORIA, Netherlands

Bulgarian tall ship ROYAL HELENA rammed docked replica tall ship NAO VICTORIA while entering Oudeschild port, Texel Island, Netherlands, in the afternoon June 20. Bulgarian ship entered harbor at too high speed, according to witnesses, and wasn’t able to slow down in time to avoid accident. Spanish ship suffered portside hull damages above waterline, Bulgarian ship suffered bow damages. Understood both ships remained seaworthy. Bulgarian side accused Dutch pilot, who was, according to Bulgarian media, on board of ROYAL HELENA (thankfully, they didn’t blame NAO VICTORIA).Bulgarians already filed a protest.

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