This is a bizarre collision.
The New World, a Marpol single hull, was loaded,
headed North from Gabon to Dunkirk.
The Ya Mawlaya, a 55,000 ton bulk carrier,
loaded with soy beans was headed east,
from New Orleans to Ancona via Gibraltar.
They met west of Gibraltar.
The New World contacted the Ya Mawlaya when she was still 9 miles away.
and they had several VHF communications.
The Ya Mawlaya was clearly the burdened vessel and should have given way.
But for some unfathomable reason she didn't.
A Lloyds List article [1999-03-11] claims that the Ya Malaya's watch officer
insisted that the New World give way in a conversation laden with racial slurs.
The Ya Mawlaya hit the New World on the portside forward, a fire broke out,
and eight of the New World's crew died, possibly at the port lifeboat station.
A US court held in favor of the New World.
Here's a collision in which nothing would have helped.
Both ship apparently knew exactly where the other was,
the Rules of the Road were clear, there was communication.
As Captain Woinin, who brought this source to CTX's attention, says:
Clearly something very wrong happened in the mind of the [Ya Mawlaya's]
office of the watch.
We need penetration depth and location.
A picture in the Lloyds List article shows extensive damage
to the Ya Mawlaya's bow, most of the way back to the collision bulkhead.
Certainly more than 10 m.