Maersk brand-new product tanker RICH RAINBOW collided with Greek bulk carrier IVY ALLIANCE in Manila Bay 3 nm north of Cavite City, metropolitan Manila, at 2150 LT (UTC +8) Apr 7, in Manila anchorage area. RICH RAINBOW reportedly was leaving anchorage, she arrived there in the morning Apr 7 from Thailand Gulf of Siam, probably to get supplies or carry out crew change, with cargo of gasoline on board, though obviously, she’s only partially loaded. Bulk carrier IVY ALLIANCE was en route from Kalimantan Indonesia to Zhenjiang China with cargo of coal, she already passed Manila and was well to the north, when turned back in the morning Apr 7, and sailed to Manila Bay, probably also for supplies or crew change.

photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard (ctto)


Both ships sustained serious damages – RICH RAINBOW suffered some 20 meters starboard hull breach above waterline at cargo deck level, IVY ALLIANCE suffered some 10-15 meters long breach in fore starboard area, also above waterline. As of 0430 UTC Apr 8, both ships remained at anchor at Manila Anchorage. (FleetMon)