Poor situational awareness and missing or deactivated barriers led to the collision between the Malta-registered general cargo ship Marti Princess and the German-registered containership Renate Schultze off Bozcaada Island on
27 June 2009 says a joint report by Transport Malta and Germany’s Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation.
The 6,019 GT Marti Princess, and the 14,619 GT Renate Schulte collided on 27 June 2009 whilst navigating in the Aegean Sea close to Bozcaada island. Marti Princess was southbound. Renate Schulte was northbound. The weather was predominantly dark with no moonlight although visibility was reported to be between five to seven miles.
Marti Princess was proceeding at about 10.5 knots and Renate Schulte was doing about 16.5 knots.
On Marti Princess, the OOW and the master had just made an alteration in course to pass behind the stern of another ship – Ilgaz, and was coming back to the original heading. Both crew members did not see Renate Schulte ahead until a few minutes
before the collision.