Shipwrecks

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On October 14, The 292 meter long, 61407 dwt container ship Safmarine Makutu, the 276 meter long, 67637 dwt container ship OOCL Hong Kong and the 294 meter long, 65815 dwt container ship Kiel Express collided in Port Botany, Australia. The three vessels were berthed with standard mooring lines.  During the night, a severe storm struck the port with winds reaching 126 km per hour. The Kiel Express moorings snapped and was blown from its berth.  The Kiel Express cut the moorings of the OOCL Hong Kong  allowing it to drift free as well. The OOCL Hong Kong sustained damage to its stern when it’s hull was punctured by the bollards on the quay. The Kiel Express continued to be pushed by the strong winds when it’s stern struck the Safmarine Makutu. The Kiel Express swung around and then collided side-to-side against the Makutu. Six tugboats responded to the situation and were eventually able to get all three container ships under control.  One tug became disabled by the loose mooring lines of the OOCL Hong Kong.  No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has launched an investigation into the incident.

Port Botany Collision Photo: smh.com.au On October 14, The 292 meter long, 61407 dwt container ship Safmarine Makutu, the 276 meter long, 67637 dwt container ship OOCL Hong Kong and the 294 meter long, 65815 dwt container ship Kiel Express collided in Port…
Ocean Researcher V

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On October 10, the 73 meter long, 2,700 ton research vessel Ocean Researcher V ran aground and sank off Penghu Islands, Taiwan. The Ocean Researcher V departed October 5 from Tainan City for an eight day research expedition with 27 researchers and 18 crew. On October 10, the Ocean Researcher V was seeking shelter from Typhoon Vangfong when it ran aground onto a reef near Penghu Islands. The vessel sustained hull damage with water ingress.  The vessel lost power and was sinking.  The crew  quickly sent out a distress call.

Ocean Researcher V

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Authorities dispatched two navy vessels and four patrol boats from the Coast Guard. A helicopter was dispatched and attempted to airlift the people off the research vessel, but large waves snapped the cable holding  the cage.   The 45 people on board put on life jackets and abandoned ship.  Some were able to climb into rubber life rafts while others jumped into the sea.

Rescuers pulled 43 survivors which 25 had suffered injuries. Two bodies were also recovered.  Reports state the two who perished were researchers including the head researcher leading the expedition.

Reports state the ministry who owns the vessel will attempt to salvage the research vessel.  The Ocean Researcher V cost $48 million (US) to build in 2013.

Ocean Researcher V lost off Penghu Islands #shipwreck #sank #taiwan On October 10, the 73 meter long, 2,700 ton research vessel Ocean Researcher V ran aground…
Container Ship Simushir Adrift off Canada

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The 134 meter long container ship  Simushir became disabled off Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Canada. The vessel had lost power and had gone adrift.  The Simushir was just 14 kilometers off shore in bad conditions with waves reaching 4 metres in height.

Container Ship Simushir Adrift off Canada

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The crew contacted authorities who dispatched vessels to the scene.  The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Spar and Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfrid Laurier arrived on scene, but were not equipped to tow the Simushir to away from shore.   Another Canadian Coast Guard vessel Gordon Reid arrived a short time later and was equipped to tow the container ship.  The Reid attempted to attached lines to the Simushir, but each time the line snapped.  After the third attempt, the Gordon Reid halted further attempts.  The Simushir had shifted location and was an additional 30 kilometers further away from shore.

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The tug Barbara Foss was requested and was reported to be heading to the scene to take the Simushir under tow. Reports state the Simushir was carrying 268 containers with mining equipment from Everett, Washington bound for Russia.  No reports of injuries to the 10 crew on board.

Simushir The 134 meter long container ship  Simushir became disabled off Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands…
Jonas II

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On October 6, the catamaran Jonas II caught fire while berthed in Nieuwpoort, Belgium. The vessel was being prepared to sail when the fire broke out.  The fire quickly consumed the vessel, but the crew was able to escape unharmed. Local fire brigades responded and were able to extinguish the blaze, but the fire had gutted the vessel. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Local reports state the fire may have been caused by an electrical short.

Catamaran Jonas II burnt in Nieuwpoort On October 6, the catamaran Jonas II caught fire while berthed in Nieuwpoort, Belgium. The vessel was being prepared to sail when the fire broke out.  
Tiger Shark

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The 50 foot long fishing vessel Tiger Shark sank near Thunder Hole, Maine. The fishing boat had sprung a leak when a hull plank let go while in Acadia National Park. The captain, who was the only person on board, sent out a distress call and was rescued by another vessel. The Tiger Shark would drift onto the rocks near Thunder Hole.  No reports of injuries. The Tiger Shark sustained significant damage the following night.  Authorities had a salvage company remove the fuel and batteries from the fishing vessel to minimize the pollution released. The Coast Guard has started an investigation into the incident.

f/v Tiger Shark aground off Maine. #fishing #vessel #sank #maine The 50 foot long fishing vessel Tiger Shark sank near Thunder Hole, Maine. The fishing boat had sprung a leak when a hull plank let go while in Acadia National Park.
AM Hamburg

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The 230 meter long bulk carrier AM Hamburg ran aground off Terneuzen, Netherlands. The bulk carrier had departed from Dunkirk and was headed up the Wester Scheldt when it suffered a power blackout.  The AM Hamburg drifted until it ran aground.  Seven tugs were dispatched and were able to quickly refloat the AM Hamburg and safely anchored.  No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.

AM Hamburg aground off Terneuzen The 230 meter long bulk carrier AM Hamburg ran aground off Terneuzen, Netherlands. The bulk carrier had departed from…
Prins 4

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On October 5, the 54 meter long dredge Prins 4 capsized and sank in the port of Flamanville, France. The foot anchor had become wedged during the ebb tide causing the Prins 4 to heel over onto its port side. No reports of injuries. A slick formed around the Prins 4 as diesel fuel leaked out from tanks on the dredge. Authorities placed a boom around the vessel to contain the pollution. Reports state several thousand gallons spilled out from the Prins 4.

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Prins 4 capsized at Diélette #dredge #sank #france On October 5, the 54 meter long dredge Prins 4 capsized and sank in the port of Flamanville, France.
Sakonnet Lobster

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On October 3, the 60 foot long fishing boat The Sakonnet Lobster sank off Block Island, Rhode Island. The Sakonnet Lobster was fishing for lobsters when the crew discovered the vessel had sprung a leak. The crew sent out a distress call and requested assistance. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter along with the 87 foot long cutter Chinook to the scene. The four crew on the Sakonnet Lobster donned survival suits and abandoned ship.  Twenty minutes later the Coast Guard helicopter arrived and hoisted the men from the sea to safety.  No reports of injuries. The Sakonnet Lobster sank in 250 feet of water. Reports state the vessel’s location was recorded to allow the vessel to be salvaged.


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f/v Sakonnet Lobster sank off Block Island #shipwreck #uscg #fishing #sank On October 3, the 60 foot long fishing boat The Sakonnet Lobster sank off Block Island, Rhode Island…
Isala

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On October 2, the 110 meter long passenger ship Amelia collided with the 80 meter long, 1121 ton self-propelled barge Isala on the Scheldt-Rhine Canal near Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands. The Isala, loaded with 1050 ton cargo of salt, had become disabled on the Scheldt-Rhine Canal after suffering a technical fault. The crew of the Isala could not control the barge which went perpendicular to the fairway. The Amelia was unable to slow down in time before it struck the Isala amidships. The Isala sustained water ingress and sank within 10 minutes. The two crew from the Isala were rescued from the water by the Amelia. Traffic on the Scheldt-Rhine Canal was diverted to alternate routes as the sunken Isala blocked the canal. Authorities placed booms around the wreck as diesel fuel sheen was visible.  Reports state the Isala will be salvaged.


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Scheldt-Rhine Canal Collision On October 2, the 110 meter long passenger ship Amelia collided with the 80 meter long, 1121 ton self-propelled…
Stoc Marcia

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On October 2, the 100 meter long tanker Stoc Marcia caught fire off Ronneby, Sweden. The fire started in the electrical system in the engine room. The vessel alerted authorities  while the crew evacuated the engine room and activated the fire suppression system.  The Skillinge lifeboat and a helicopter with local fire fighters arrived on scene a short time later.  After inspecting that the fire was completely extinguished, the fire fighters returned to Skillinge.  None of the 12 crew on board the Stoc Marcia were injured. The fire damaged the engine and the tanker required assistance.  The Swedish Coast Guard stood by until a tug arrived the following morning.  The tug and the Stoc Marcia proceeded to Landskrona.  No reports of pollution released.

Stoc Marcia disabled after fire off Skillinge On October 2, the 100 meter long tanker Stoc Marcia caught fire off Ronneby, Sweden. The fire started in the…