On the night of May 11 (May 10 at 2240 MSK) Simushir freighter collided with a fishing schooner in the territorial waters of South Korea, said GMSKTS. With the passage of 5.5 miles of shoreline, near the port of Ulsan at 70 gr. the left side was a group of fishing schooners. The speed of the fishing schooners ranged from 9 to 11 knots, they crossed the ship's course at the bow and stern. One schooner approached without a noticeable change of bearing. To attract the attention of the schooner used rater, searchlight, deck lighting to indicate size of the vessel, navigation lights. Schooner did not react, course and speed has not changed. Simushir became a roll to the right, but not change course and speed schooner still touched the aft port side. Tangible impact on board the vessel was not. At night time visual damage to the schooner was not observed, it remained afloat, continue driving. Simushir continued to move, then Ulsan VTS reported that the schooner was damaged, Simushir stopped.
According to AIS Simushir followed the route from Shanghai to Vladivostok with cargo loaded containers, ETA May 12. 0430 Greenwich on May 14 the ship was at the pier in Pohang, South Korea, north of Ulsan. Apparently, the ship is detained under investigation. Fishermen may be to seek compensation, although the idea is they should be fined for that cross the path recommended in violation COLREGs and sleep on the bridge.
Simushir cargo ship, IMO 9179385, dwt 9405, built 1998, flag of the Russian Federation, the owner of the Sakhalin Shipping Company.