Shipwrecks
Garyville

The 84 foot long towboat Garyville caught fire off Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Garyville was pushing two barges carrying gasoline when a fire broke out in the engine room.  

Garyville

The 84 foot long towboat Garyville caught fire off Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Garyville was pushing two barges carrying gasoline when a fire broke out in the engine room.  

Super Shuttle Roro 7

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The 146 meter long, 4339 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Super Shuttle Roro 7 capsized and sank outside the breakwater off Manila, Philippines. The ferry had been docked in the area for repair work when large waves from Typhoon Luis battered the vessel.  The ferry was attempting to seek shelter inside the port when it capsized and sank. The 15 crewmen on board were able to abandon ship. Several  crew were able to safely swim ashore while some were able to reach a life-raft.  Twelve of the 15 crew sustained minor injuries. Authorities inspected the area around the Super Shuttle Roro 7 for any oil pollution. The wreck will most likely be removed as it is a potential navigation hazard.

Ferry Super Shuttle Roro 7 Capsized The 146 meter long, 4339 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Super Shuttle Roro 7 capsized and sank outside the breakwater off…
Maharlika Dos

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The 58 meter long, 1007 dwt ro-ro ferry Maharlika Dos capsized and sank off Pintuyan, Leyte Island, Philippines. The Maharlika Dos was en route to Surigao from Liloan with a manifest of 58 passengers, 26 crew and 13 vehicles.  The Maharlika Dos was making the voyage with some difficulties.  Nearly halfway of the voyage, the vessel suffered a mechanical breakdown with it’s turbine.  Without power, the ferry was left to struggle with the heavy rains, high waves and strong winds.  When the vessel developed a list, the captain sent out a distress call and ordered to abandon ship.  The Maharlika Dos would eventually roll over and sink. Three nearby vessels received her distress call and rushed to the area.  Reports stated some 63 people were rescued from the water. Survivors stated that there may have been upwards to 100 people on board the vessel.

Ro/Ro Ferry Maharlika 2 capsized & sank off Leyte The 58 meter long, 1007 dwt ro-ro ferry Maharlika Dos capsized and sank off Pintuyan, …
Vestvind

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The 81 meter long, 2325 dwt cargo ship Vestvind ran aground near Bjorøy, Norway. The vessel notified authorities it was aground with no injuries to the seven crew.  The NSSR dispatched a lifeboat to the scene. The lifeboat Kristian G. Jebsen attempted to pull the Vestvind free, but failed. Next, the Coastguard vessel Tor arrived and its first attempt to refloat the Vestvind also failed. However, a few hours later, the Tor was able to free the Vestvind.  No reports of damage or pollution released. Divers were requested to inspect the hull.

Vestvind Aground #norway The 81 meter long, 2325 dwt cargo ship Vestvind ran aground near Bjorøy, Norway. The vessel notified authorities it was aground with no injuries to the seven crew.  
Paul Russ

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The 526 foot long, 17229 dwt container ship Paul Russ ran aground while entering the port of Saipan, Northern Marianas.  The Paul Russ had run onto a reef while transiting the channel into the harbour near buoy number 3.  Reports states there is some 400,000 gallons of fuel oil on the vessel.  No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.  The United States Coast Guard established a safety zone around the vessel as the Paul Russ has partially block the channel entering into the harbour.  Initial efforts to salvage the vessel had to be halted after the discovery of unexploded ordnance near the vessel.

Boxship Paul Russ aground The 526 foot long, 17229 dwt container ship Paul Russ ran aground while entering the port of Saipan, …
Hanna / Weser

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The 67 meter long self-propelled barge Hanna collided with the 82 meter long self-propelled barge Weser on the Elbe-Side Canal near Bad Bevensen, Germany.  The Weser loaded with 1300 tons of wheat struck head-on with the coal laden Hanna. The Hanna sustained bow damage with a 1.5 meter long hole.  The Hanna was unable to control the flooding and the bow submerged, but the entire vessel was in no danger of sinking. The Weser also sustained damage to its bow with a hole above the waterline.  No reports of injuries. The fire brigade at Bad Bevensen responded to the scene.  They placed booms around the vessels as some small amount of oil was released.


Reports state a dredger was requested to help refloat the Hanna.  Some 800 tons of coal will have to be lightered before the bow can be pumped-out.  The Hanna is to be towed to a nearby berth 1.5 kilometers away so a temporary patch can be completed before the Hanna proceeds on to a shipyard.

Elbe Canal Collision The 67 meter long self-propelled barge Hanna collided with the 82 meter long self-propelled barge Weser on the Elbe-Side Canal near…
Samskip Akrafell

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The 100 meter long, 5565 dwt cargo ship Samskip Akrafell ran aground onto a small rocky reef between Reyðarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður, Iceland. The Akrafell sustained hull damage resulting in water ingress. The 12 crew on board immediately attempted to contain the ingress, but the flooding could not be controlled with the vessel’s pumps.  Authorities dispatched rescue vessels to the scene delivering more pumps to the Akrafell.  No reports of injuries or pollution released.  Divers will conduct an inspection of the hull before the vessel is pulled free and refloated on the following high tide.

Samskip Akrafell aground off Iceland #maritime The 100 meter long, 5565 dwt cargo ship Samskip Akrafell ran aground onto a small rocky reef between 
Ince Inebolu

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The 190 meter long, 52,376 dwt bulk carrier Ince Inebolu ran aground off Astypalaia Island, Greece.  The Ince Inebolu was  en route to Russia from Yemen in ballast when it ran ashore  resulting in hull damage and minor water ingress in the bow.  No reports of injuries to the 22 crew, damage or pollution released.  Reports state the flooding was under control and the Greek Coast Guard was on scene.  A tug was requested to help refloat the vessel. The cause of the grounding was not reported.

Ince Inebolu aground The 190 meter long, 52,376 dwt bulk carrier Ince Inebolu ran aground off Astypalaia Island, Greece…
American Spirit

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The 1004 foot long self-unloading bulk carrier American Spirit ran aground in the Straits of Mackinac between Round Island and Mackinac Island. The American Spirit was en route from Two Harbors, Minnesota to Gary, Indiana with 64,800 tons of iron ore when it was pushed by strong winds out of the navigation channel onto a muddy bank.   No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.  The bulk carrier Sam Laud unloaded some of the iron ore off the American Spirit and pulled the American Spirit free.  The American Spirit proceeded to an anchorage off St. Ignace for inspection.


Self Unloader American Spirit aground #mackinaw #michigan #bulker The 1004 foot long self-unloading bulk carrier American Spirit ran aground in the Straits of Mackinac…
Sikelela

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On August 28, the fishing vessel Sikelela ran aground in St. Francis Bay near St. Francis, South Africa. The vessel had suffered a power blackout while attempting to return to harbour in 5 meter swells and high winds.  The crew was unable to gain control of the Sikelela as the waves drove the vessel ashore.  The eight crewmen escaped the fishing vessel to the shoreline.  A few others were unable to leap ashore and were left hanging onto the vessel as waves crashed over the vessel.  The NSRI lifeboat arrived on scene and rescued three crew.  The NRSI also rescued the  master of the Sikelela. He had suffered injuries after loosing his footing.  The Sikelela continued to be battered into the rocks the following days until  it was smashed into a total loss.  Some oil and fuel was released but was dissipated by the waves.

 

f/v Sikelela Aground #nsri On August 28, the fishing vessel Sikelela ran aground in St. Francis Bay near St. Francis, …