ORION and NECKAR HIGHWAY - Collision on 1 July 2015


On 1 July 2015 at 2327, the Danish fishing vessel ORION was drifting at a fishing ground in the North Sea, 4 nm off Hirtshals, when it collided with the Cypriote vehicle carrier NECKAR HIGHWAY en route from Malmo, Sweden to Emden, Germany. ORION foundered as a result of the collision, and the skipper was evacuated from the water 20 minutes after the impact. By that time, ORION had already vanished from the surface of the sea. On NECKAR HIGHWAY, the crew did not become aware that an accident had happened until the day after and, hence, the ship continued its voyage to Emden.

In this marine accident report, the DMAIB establishes the facts of the collision and focuses on the navigational watchkeeping on both ships.

The report can be downloaded in PDF format here.