Container ship LAUST MAERSK collided with Balearic ferry NAPOLES at around 0200 UTC Mar 12 in Alboran sea some 53 nm SE of Malaga, Spain. LAUST MAERSK was en route from Panama to Italy via Tanger and Algeciras, NAPOLES was en route from Malaga to Melilla, Spain territory, Morocco. NAPOLES sustained damages in fore section portside above waterline, and continued voyage, arriving at Melilla almost on schedule. No information on LAUST MAERSK damages, the ship interrupted voyage and turned back. At 1200 UTC she was sailing east at reduced speed, probably waiting for preliminary investigation results. No injures reported both on container ship and ferry.
There was probably containers loss, looks like one container from LAUST MAERSK hooked on NAPOLES bridge structure.
Container ship LAUST MAERSK, IMO 9190743, dwt 63000, capacity 4258 TEU, built 2001, flag HK.
Passenger ro-ro ship NAPOLES, IMO 9243423, GT 23975, built 2002, flag Cyprus, operator Balearia.