‘Human error’ cited behind collision of ships that killed at least two sailors

‘Human error’ cited behind collision of ships that killed at least two sailors

 

At least two Syrian sailors drowned and another eight remained missing late on Monday after two foreign-flagged cargo vessels collided off the coast of Methoni, in the Peloponnese, causing one of the ships to sink.

The Pirireis, a 13,000-ton vessel with a Cook Islands flag, collided with the 9,000-ton Antigua-Barbuda-flagged Consouth, shortly before 7 a.m., according to the Merchant Marine Ministry, which said the first ship sank within seven minutes. The circumstances of the collision were unclear but local reports suggested that the captain of the Pirireis had not been at his post.