Cargo Ships Collide Off Baltic Coast
Two cargo ships collided on Friday off Sweden's Baltic coast near the southern town of Karlskrona, a coastguard spokesman said. The larger ship was about 328 ft. (100 m) and the smaller one, about 164 ft. (50 m), was taking in water, the coastguard spokesman added. There were reportedly no injuries. No further details were immediately available and it was not clear what the ships were carrying.
Japanese, Philippine Ships Collide
A Japanese freighter and a Philippine container ship collided off Tokyo Bay on Thursday, causing the container ship to sink and forcing the evacuation of its crew, the Japan Coast Guard said. Visibility of less than 200 metres in thick fog appeared to be the cause of the crash, local media reported, quoting the coast guard. No casualties were reported, but the 25 Filipinos aboard the 6,182-ton Eastern Challenger were forced to abandon ship by lifeboat as their vessel went down. The 498-ton Japanese ship was able to harbour at the port, and its five crewmembers were safe. The Eastern Challenger was carrying steel and used cars from the Philippines, and the Tsugaru Maru was transporting animal feed to the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Tanker, Container Ship Collide in Singapore Waters
Reports indicate that a supertanker and a container ship collided in Singapore waters southeast of St John's Island. But the incident did not result in any oil pollution or casualty, says the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. It has deployed an anti-pollution craft to monitor the situation and is investigating the incident. MPA says Greece-registered supertanker, Astro Luna, was heading west in the Singapore Strait when it collided with Panama-registered container ship, YM Earth. At the time of the collision, Astro Luna was not carrying any oil. YM Earth, which was loaded with containers, was then approaching the Eastern Pilot Boarding Ground 'A' enroute for the Tanjong Pagar terminal. Source: Channel News Asia
Ships Collide in Germany
Two ships collided in a German river, sinking one of the vessels and throwing seven of its sailors into the water, according to an AP report. A third ship later ran into the wreckage. Tugboats pulled the sailors from the estuary of the Elbe River after a freighter carrying fertilizer collided with a container ship north of the port city of Hamburg. The freighter capsized and quickly sank. A tanker, which was also carrying fertilizer, plowed into the wreck in the dark about an hour later. The container ship was able to continue its journey, while the tanker was pulled free and brought into a nearby harbor. Source: AP
Captain, Officer of Containership Detained after Deadly Collision
The captain and first officer of a Kuwaiti container ship have been detained for four days after their ship collided with a fishing vessel in the Red Sea, killing 13 Egyptians, a public prosecutor said on Tuesday. The prosecutor said on Monday that initial enquiries showed the fishing boat had capsized following the collision with the Kuwaiti ship, which had just passed through the Suez Canal on its way south. The prosecutor is also questioning the rest of the container ship's crew about the collision, which occurred near Ras Ghareb about halfway down the Gulf of Suez. Egypt is currently expanding the Suez Canal to allow larger ships to pass through it at the same time.
Tanker and Cargo Ship Collide in North Sea
It has been reported that a 3,200 ton tanker and a 2,000 ton container ship have collided in the North Sea. The French tanker, Pointe du Castel and the Dutch container Pride of Veere collided as they crossed each other 25 miles north of Ramsgate. According to reports, each ship had 10 crew members aboard, and the vessels suffered only minor damage. The Thames coast guard is investigating the cause of the collision.
Tanker, Cargo Ship Collide In GOM
The Greek-flag tanker Olympic Breeze and the Liberian-registered cargo carrier Harbel Tapper were both damaged when they collided about 100 nautical miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico on September 8, Reuters reported. The Olympic Breeze will continue its voyage for South Sabine, Texas, where it will be inspected. The 273,856 dwt tanker had sailed loaded from Qua Iboe Terminal, Nigeria, on August 19. The 11,683 dwt Harbel Tapper had sailed from Savannah, Georgia, on August 28.
Ships Collide; Thirteen Missing
Thirteen crew members of a South Korean fishing vessel were missing after the boat collided with a Malaysian freighter in the south sea, according to a Korea Times report. The accident occurred about 20 nautical miles off Chin Island, South Cholla Province, at 3:40 p.m. Fourteen people were initially reported missing before one was rescued by a passing fishing vessel. The maritime police were in the middle of conducting a search and rescue operation. Source: The Korea Times
LPG Ships Collide in France
Two LPG tankers collided in the northwestern French port of Donges causing 60 tonnes of ship fuel to spill into the Sea. French coastguard said the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carriers the Happy Bride and the Sigmagas hit each other at 1920 GMT. There were no reported injuries and both vessels had been towed back to port. However, 60 tonnes of bunker fuel oil had been spilt in the collision.
Collision Causes Oil Spill Near Panama Canal
Two ships collided on the Atlantic approach to the Panama Canal June 1, spilling an "undetermined" quantity of bunker oil, the waterway's administrators said. The British-registered container ship M/V Sidney Star hit Panama-flagged grain carrier M/V Royal Ocean while approaching the Canal's entrance, sustaining damage to its port side fuel tanks, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said. ACP workers staunched the flow of fuel oil, and the two ships were directed to a Canal anchorage at Cristobal for inspection, the authority said. No injuries were reported.
Merchant Ship Collides with UAE Navy Vessel
A merchant ship collided with a United Arab Emirates navy boat as it was taking part in a routine mission off UAE territorial waters in the Gulf on Tuesday, the UAE armed forces said. There were no casualties in the incident and "other damage is being evaluated", state news agency WAM said, citing a statement from the General Command of the Armed Forces. It gave no details on the type of merchant ship, the cargo it was carrying or any details on whether shipping routes were affected. (Reporting by Sylvia Westall)
Ship Sinks after Collision with Platform
According to reports, an investigation is underway after a cargo ship collided with a gas platform in the North Sea and then sank. The vessel, the Jork, struck the unmanned Viking Echo platform 40 miles north-east of Cromer, Norfolk. The 2,000-ton vessel, which had been carrying grain from Lübeck in Germany, sank yesterday. Sources said that the pipeline to the gas platform, which was not badly damaged, had been shut down. Source: Scotsman
The Greek-flagged bulker/container vessel Ivan Susanin was reportedly involved in a collision on August 6 near Southwest Pass, U.S., with the Russian-flagged freighter Anangel Endeavour. The 23,202 dwt Anangel Endeavour was is in no danger of sinking but was holed in No.2 hold, which extends above and below the waterline. No damage has been reported to the 19,650 dwt Ivan Susanin.
Ships Collide In Busy Bosphorus Straits
A Turkish-flagged cargo ship sank on Sunday after colliding head-on with another vessel in the Bosphorus straits, the coast guard said. The stricken Kaptan Cavit's seven member crew was rescued after a collision with another Turkish-flagged cargo ship, the Nadya, at the Black Sea end of the straits early on Sunday, a coast guard spokesman in Istanbul said. The 1,175 dwt Kaptan Cavit had been en route to Bulgaria with 1,100 tons of wheat. The 914 dwt Nadya was carrying 480 tons of slag to the Turkish town of Izmit, the state-run Anatolian news agency said. The coast guard spokesman said the Nadya had suffered serious damage to its prow but did not appear to be in immediate danger of sinking. Investigators were still trying to determine what had caused the vessels to collide, he said.
Two Ships Collide in Dover Strait
Two general cargo vessels on passage in the same lane of the Dover Strait have collided around 14 miles east of Ramsgate at 1:30 a.m. this morning. The 16,000gt Liberian registered, German owned 'Catharine Oldendorff' and the 16,000gt Netherlands registered 'Slotergracht' were both travelling in the same direction when they collided causing damage to the portside of 'Catharina Oldendorff' and to the starboard of 'Slotergracht'. Damage to both vessels seems at this stage to consist of dents and scrapes. There have been no reported injuries from the 16 crew on 'Catharina Oldendorff' or from the 24 crew on 'Slotergracht', who all remain on board their respective vessels.
Cargo Ships Collide
A cargo vessel carrying about 17,000 bags of rice and 22 people sank off the Cebu Harbor on March 11 after colliding with another vessel, the Philippine Coast Guard said. The MV Premship-X sank near the North Entrance of the Cebu Harbor, or about 1.5 nautical miles of the PKS Shipyard in Tayud, Consolacion, after colliding with the MV Mijara II about 6:00 p.m., according to a report from the Coast Guard. All four officers and 18 crewmembers of the vessel were saved, with the MV Mijara II helping in the rescue operations. According to the Coast Guard, the incident occurred while the MV Premship-X was on its way to Catbalogan, Eastern Samar. The MV Mijara II, on the other hand, was on its way to the PKS shipyard for minor repairs. (Source: Inq7.net)
Merchant Vessel, U.S. Navy Ship Collide in Persian Gulf
The Kiribati-flagged merchant vessel M/V Rokya 1 and USS McCampbell (DDG 85) collided on March 25, approximately 30 miles southeast of the Iraqi coastline in the North Persian Gulf. Two U.S. Sailors received minor injuries as a result of the collision. Two crew members from Rokya 1 also received minor injuries and were treated on-scene by McCampbell’s independent duty corpsman. Rokya 1 and McCampbell, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, both received damage on the bow and are deemed seaworthy. The cause of the accident is under investigation. McCampbell, homeported in San Diego and currently on a routine six-month deployment, is one of several coalition assets conducting maritime security operations under the direction of Combined Task Force (CTF) 58.
Ship Collides with Barge
A chemical tanker collided with a moored barge near the San Jacinto Monument on Dec. 15. The Captain of the Port Houston/Galveston closed the ship channel from San Jacinto Port Dock 4 to Light 133 due to oil spilled from the collision. The tanker Ievoli Splendor , a 544-ft. chemical tanker, was mooring up at the Vopak Terminal in Deer Park, Texas, when the collision with the Kirby Marine barge happened causing a spill of heavy grade fuel oil C5. Containment boom has been deployed around the ship and the dock to contain the fuel/oil. The extent of damage to the ship and barge is not known. The Ievoli Splendor is presently moored at San Jacinto Port Dock 5. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Houston and the Texas General Land Office are responding to the incident.
Ships Collide; 16 Missing
Rescuers searched for 16 missing crew members of a South Korean cargo vessel that sank after colliding with a Chinese freighter in heavy fog in waters off northeast China, according to a report on www.leadingthecharge.com. The crew of the Chinese ship — the 4,800-ton JinSheng — were unharmed and returned safely to Dalian, a coastal city in northeastern Liaoning province, where they reported the incident to Chinese authorities about seven hours after the collision, it was reported. South Korea’s coast guard reportedly sent a telegram to Chinese maritime authorities demanding a thorough investigation into why there was a delay in reporting the accident, and proposing a joint rescue operation. (Source: www.leadingthecharge.com)
UK MAIB: Collision Report
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of the joint investigation with the Hong Kong Marine Department of the collision between the HYUNDAI DOMINION and the SKY HOPE in the East China Sea on 21 June 2004. The OOW on one ship incorrectly perceived the approach of the other ship as an overtaking situation. The OOW on the other ship sent a text message using AIS that was never read by the first ship. VHF radio communications were misleading because of confusion over which ship was burdened. Fatigue may have been a factor on both ships. The bottom line is that, through a chain of errors and incorrect assumptions, two ships collided on the high seas in good weather in daylight. Go figure. Report No. 17/2005 (HK Law)
Ship Owner May Sue Injured Seaman
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that a ship owner may assert a negligence and indemnity claim against its seaman-employee for property damage allegedly caused by the seaman’s negligence. In the instant case, plaintiff mate was injured when his ship collided with another ship. Plaintiff was on watch and in command of the ship at the time and allegedly left the wheelhouse in congested waters to attend to personal business. Plaintiff brought suit against the other ship and against defendant employer under the Jones Act and general maritime law. Defendant settled with the other ship and then filed a counterclaim against plaintiff. The trial court dismissed the counterclaim and defendant appealed.
Ship Crashes into Mansion in the Strait of Istanbul
Majed and Randy, Sierra Leone-registered dry cargo ship collided into a Ethem Pertev's water-front mansion located on the Bosporus in Istanbul's Kanlıca neighborhood. Luckily no one was injured in the incident. The accident happened due to a malfunction in the steering mechanism of the 106-meter-long ship. After the incident, the ship dropped anchor under the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and then was towed to Büyükdere. While there is material damage to both the ship and the mansion…
All Three Ships at Fault, Court Finds
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the trial court’s finding that one ship was solely at fault in a collision and remanded the case to the trial court to apportion the fault, directing the trial court “to consider the relative culpability of each vessel and the relative extent to which the culpability of each caused the collision.” In the instant case, two ships collided in the English Channel and another ship was involved in the incident, although not in the physical contact. The trial court determined that one of the three ships was so largely at fault that the court assigned full liability to it for damages arising from the collision. On appeal, the court held that all three ships had been negligent to some extent.