On December 17th 2016, a collision took place between MSC Regulus, a container vessel operated by MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, and the Ecuadorian fishing vessel Don Gerardo II.
The incident occurred at 05:02 AM, while the two vessels were in international waters. MSC Regulus was on her way from Callao, Peru to Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico.
At the time of the collision, MSC immediately alerted the relevant authorities in both Ecuador and Peru; simultaneously, the crew members and senior command immediately initiated search and rescue procedures, with the wounded being brought on board the ship and treated.
An investigation is currently underway, which is being conducted by the relevant authorities with the full cooperation of MSC. Our first priority is to understand the circumstances which led to this tragic incident.
As a family-run company, MSC is deeply shocked and saddened by the deaths and injuries that have occurred in connection with this tragic incident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the fishermen’s families and their loved ones.