A Russian navy vessel collided with a
Swiss-owned container ship in Danish waters on Wednesday 23 Sep near the
Oresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden, Danish defence authorities told
The Ice Rose,
which was sailing from St. Petersburg in Russia to Gothenburg in Sweden,
collided with a Russian frigate early on Wednesday morning, a spokesman for the
Joint Operation Centre said.
reason for the collision was not clear
He said the reason
for the collision was not clear, but that the Russian vessel had permission to
be in Danish waters and had notified Danish authorities of its presence.
No one injured; neither oil leaks signs
No one aboard the
Ice Rose was injured and there were no signs of oil leaks or ingress of water,
the spokesman said.
In a statement
carried by Russian news agencies, Russia’s Baltic fleet confirmed the collision
and said the Russian vessel, a small anti-submarine ship named Kazanets, was
now returning to the port of Baltyisk in the Kaliningrad region.
Visibility had been poor
It said visibility
had been poor. Most of Denmark was covered in fog on Wednesday morning.
Maestro Shipmanagement, which manages the Ice Rose, confirmed to Reuters that
an incident had occurred, but could not comment any further and said it was
awaiting further information from Danish authorities.
The owner of the
ship, Switzerland-based Maestro Shipping, declined to comment. (Reporting by
Nikolaj Skydsgaard and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Copenhagen; additional
reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber in Moscow. Editing by Catherine Evans)