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Disasters 2013 Chronicles

 
Disasters 2013  |  Disasters 2012Ru | En
Voytenko Mikhail
Immigrant boats and small craft accidents are not included

Date
Event
Vessel lost
People died
December 28 - January 6
 
 
January 6
+
 
January 9
+
11?
January 11
+
 
January 14
+
 
January 15
+
 
January 17
+
 
January 17
?
 
January 18
+
 
January 18
?
1
January 27
?
15
February 16
+
15
February 21
+
3
February 23
+
 
February 27
++
1
March 6
+
 
March 9
+
1
March 10
+
 
March 11
?
 
March 11
+
45
March 15
+
166
March 18
+
13
March 19
+
1
March 29
+
5
March 30
+
April 6-7
 
 
April 8
+
 
April 13
+
 
April 14
+
 
April 21
+
 
April 28
?
 
April 29
+
10
May 3
+
 
May 7
 
9
May 12
?
 
May 16
 
6
May 26
+
11
May 30
+
June 4
+
 
June 6
+
 
June 10
+
 
June 14
+
 
June 16
?
 
June 17
?
 
June 21
?
 
June 23
+
1
June 23
?
 
June 23
++
 
June 26
+
15
June 27
+
7
July 1
?
1
July 3
July 4
 
6?
July 6
+
 
July 8
+
?
July 10
?
 
July 10
+
 
July 12
+
1
July 15
+
 
July 23
 
 
July 24
+
 
July 24
?
8
August 2
?
 
August 6
?
 
August 7
+
3
August 8
+
 
August 8
+
 
August 9
?
 
August 10
+
 
August 12
+
 
August 14
+
 
August 14
?
18?
August 14
 
 
August 16
+
137
August 18
?
 
August 19
+
 
August 22
+
6?
August 23
?
 
August 22-24
?+
11?
August 31
+
September 12
?
 
September 15
+
8
September 27
+
6
October 3
+
 
October 7
+
3
October 11
?
 
October 12
+
 
October 13
 
 
October 15
+
11
October 15
+
 
October 20
 
 
October 28
 
 
October 30
November 02
+
1
November 05
+
 
November 05
+
 
November 05
?
?
November 07
?
 
November 10
+
7
November 9
?
7
November 20
+
 
November 25-26
++
26
November 26
 
 
November 27
?
 
November 30
+
December 11
 
 
December 12
+
 
December 27
+
5
December 29
?
Legend
* General cargo vessel
* Bulk carrier
* Tanker
* Container ship
* Passenger vessels, ferries, training ships

In year 2013, at least 69 vessels sank or were declared total loss, with at least 600 casualties.

January 6
f/v Ljubica M. sank after fire in Galapagos marine reserve
Fishing vessel Ljubica M. issued distress signal on Jan 6 13 in position some 67 miles from Isabela islands, Galapagos Islands, Pacific. Vessel reported fire on board. 20 crew was rescued by a vessel Robert A (no details found), to be taken to port of Manta, Ecuador. Ljubica M. reportedly sank in the area of largest marine reserve in the world. Fishing vessel Ljubica M. IMO: 6920240, 324 gt, built 1969, flag Ecuador, manager presumably Bow SA.

January 9
Cemenet carrier Emeline sank in Flores sea
Cemenet carrier MV Emeline sank in 06-17.74S 118-52.62E at around 0300 UTC Jan 9 13, Flores sea, Indonesia, see map. Vessel departed from Soekarno-Hatta sea port in Makassar and was heading to Banyuwangi, East Java, presumably loaded with cement. Out of 17 crew two went missing during the evacuation, the rest managed to escape in two life rafts. On Jan 9 afternoon six sailors from one of the rafts were rescued by a freighter Mahakan River, nine on the other still adrift, last known position 06-22.75S 119-15.43E at 1100 UTC Jan 9. Presumably Emeline sank in rough weather overwhelmed by high waves, storm is still raging in the area, such that m/v Mahakan River had to abandon search and rescue operation and rush for refuge. In the morning Jan 10 authorities sent helicopter to locate the raft, but a search failed due to continuing storm. Not much details on cement carrier Emeline - Cement carrier MV. Emeline - DWT:2485. Owner of the vessel Andalas Bahtera Baruna (ABB Carriers), Indonesia, Jakarta. Website http://www.abbaruna.com
General cargo vessel Mahakam River IMO 8131166, dwt 5223, flag Indonesia.
The same storm, brought by tropical cyclone Narelle, beached Vietnamese general cargo vessel Agnes which was leaving Lembar, bound for Singapore, on Jan 7 afternoon in ballast, but was pushed by storm on Cerama beach, Lembar, West Lombok. The 20 Vietnamese crew is safe and unharmed, staying on board and waiting for weather to improve to proceed with salvage.
General cargo vessel Agnes IMO 8116855, dwt 6471, built 1982, flag Panama, manager PHUC TOAN VIET CO LTD, Vietnam.

January 11
Indonesian coastal tanker Tirta Samutra XXI sank in Java sea
Indonesian coastal tanker Tirta Samutra XXI sank at around 0300 LT Jan 11 13 in position 06 10.30N 109 53.3E (Java sea, some 180 nm ENE of Jakarta, see map) in a storm with wind of some 35 knots and sea up to 5 meters. The 15 crew went into a lifeboat and reportedly, was rescued by SAR boat Sevia at around 1645 LT same day. Presumably disaster was caused by a storm. Its a second vessel which sank in storm brought by cyclone Narelle. Tanker Tirta Samudra XXI IMO 9577927, dwt 3000, built 2010 (China), manager/owner TIRTA CIPTA MULYA PERSADA, Jakarta.

January 14
Tug Christos XXII out of danger, training ship Emsstrom sank, English Channel
Latest reports and news say distressed tug Christos XXII is out of danger and stable, though its unclear whats next, will the tug be towed to nearest port or resume sailing under own power. Christos XXII was towing an ex German Naval training ship Emsstrom, which sank approximately 2.5 nautical miles east by north from Hopes Nose, Torquay in 23 metres of water. It is understood, that Emsstrom was under tow to Turkey to be scrapped there. Most probably, during the towage in English Channel vessel started to leak and developed starboard list, and thats why the convoy changed course and headed north to English coast, see map. The weather seems to be calm, and therefore, couldnt be blamed for changing the route. Emsstrom was a former fishing vessel converted into a training ship some 15 years ago. The ship was signed off and sent to scrap due to lack of financing, see http://www.ggt-emsstrom.de/index.php?page_id=13&language=en
Training ship Emsstrom IMO 6922705, displacement 2310, built 1968.
Previous news:
Tug Christos XXII sinking in English Channel
Tug Christos XXII towing a hull from Emden to Turkey, got a hole and is sinking off Hope's Nose, off Torbay. Vessel slowed down to a near stop at around 21:30 UTC Jan 14 2013 to check the towline, and was struck by the hull she was towing. 8 crew tried to patch the hole, or the gash some 40 cm long, with wooden pegs, but failed and issued distress call. Crew was rescued by a rescue boat, either Exmouth or Torbay. Tug is reportedly still afloat, rescuers are trying to at least prevent her sinking so close to the shore, as the tug has some 200 mt of fuel on board, threatening the coast with possible pollution. Its not clear and explained yet why the tug changed her course before the accident, and headed for British coast. Maybe because of fouling weather?
Tug Christos XXII IMO 7230135, 545 gt, built 1972, flag Greece, manager SPANOPOULOS BROS. GROUP OF COMPANIES.

January 15
Freighter Sea Blue beached off Sharjah and said to be dismantled
General cargo vessel Sea Blue ran aground morning Jan 15 13 off Sharjah, shortly after leaving Dubai, in rough weather, after the engine failed. Vessel was en route from Dubai to a number of East Africa ports. 11 crew reportedly remains on board. Local media say vessel is to be scrapped on the site, because damages are too serious to refloat her. Vessel was dismantled. Photo of beached Sea Blue from The Nation. General cargo vessel Sea Blue IMO 7358638, dwt 3099, built 1974, flag North Korea, manager AL SADIQ SHIP MANAGEMENT LLC, Sharjah, UAE.

January 17
USS Guardian aground on Tubattaha Reef
US Navy minesweeper USS Guardian ran aground on Tubattaha Reef at around 02:25 (Philippine time) Jan 17 13, while transiting Sulu sea after Subic Bay call, said US Navy 7th Fleet Command. USS Guardian was assigned to 7th Fleet, based in Sasebo. Mine sweeper USS Guardian displacement 1367 tons, built 1987, 80 crew, 7th Fleet.
Multiply attempts to refloat the minesweeper failed, and finally, ship was sentenced to dismantling.
Tubbataha Management approves USS Guardians salvage plan
Thursday, 07 February 2013
The Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board and the Provincial Government of Palawan approved the proposed plan presented by the United States Navy on the salvaging operations of the distressed USS Guardian.
Commodore Enrico Efren Evangelista, Coast Guard Palawan District Commander and chief of Task Force Tubbataha, said the stakeholders agreed on the proposed salvaging plan which Minesweeper is to be dissected into several sections before it will be finally be removed from the reef.
US Navy explained the accident by faulty navigation data in form of misplaced reefs on an Digital Nautical Chart (DNC). It may be true, but it doesnt clear the commanding officers of the minesweeper of their responsibility as navigators. An accident could become possible providing the watch on the bridge was totally depending on DNC and autopilot, without any other checks and proper lookout. I.e. they programmed the route, switched on autopilot and happily walked off anything else, any other activities related to safe navigation practice.
Photos of grounded USS Guardian from http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/20/16613592-report-reef-bound-navy-ship-takes-on-water?lite
And from National Post http://news.nationalpost.com

January 17
Offshore supply vessel Penrith sank off Myanmar coast, Andaman sea
Offshore supply vessel Penrith sank on Jan 17 13 in Dawei district area, Myanmar, Andaman sea, after hitting a reef. Last known position 17.01.2013 21:58 in 14 29 N 097 46E. Vessel was engaged in Zawtika gas field project works, attending to a projects pipeline at the time of the sinking. 42 crew and personnel were rescued by two motorboats, reported Myanmar media. Its not clarified whether boats were lifeboats from vessel, or rescue boats, or just local boats. Offshore supply vessel Penrith IMO 9356397, 1944 gt, built 2008, flag Marshall Islands, owner HALLIN PENRITH LTD, Singapore.

January 18
US research vessel Seaprobe sank in Gulf of Mexico, 12 crew safe
Emergency radio buoy EPIRB of the US research vessel Seaprobe was activated in the morning Jan 18 from position 28-16.5N 087-00.5W. Crew reported water ingress and evacuation into life rafts. 12 crew boarded three life rafts and were hoisted by two Jayhawk helicopters, operation was supervised by an HC-144 Ocean Sentry, says USCG District 8, responsible for the rescue. Three crew had to be hospitalized, the rest are safe and sound. At the time of the rescue partially submerged vessel was still afloat. There is an oil sleek in the area. What caused water ingress and sinking, is presently unknown. Its also unknown, whether vessel sank or remains afloat. Research vessel Seaprobe IMO 7366441, dwt 945, built 1974, flag USA, owner FUGRO GEOSCIENCES INC.

January 18
Docked Turkish freighter Alican S capsized in Cayeli, Turkey
Turkish freighter Alican S capsized during offloading of cement cargo at Unye Cement Factory berth in Cayeli, Turkey, eastern Black sea, on Jan 18. Vessel capsized portside and rested on bottom with half of the hull above the waterline. There were three crew on board at the time of disaster, two rescued, one missing. Photos of the capsized Alican S, and in better days, from Seanews Turkey. General cargo vessel Alican S IMO 7117072, dwt 3178, built 1973, flag Turkey, manager KANLAR DENIZCILIK INSAAT.

February 16
Singapore bulk cariier Harita Bauxite sank in South China sea
Philippine Coast Guard was alerted at 09:20 LT Feb 17 13 by a report from Chinese bulk carrier Jin Cheng (IMO 9244271, dwt 52961), which said vessel rescued 10 people from two life rafts 22 miles off Cape Bolinao, north west Luzon, South China sea. 10 rescued Myanmar nationalities were from 24 crew bulk carrier Harita Bauxite, which sank some 12 miles off Bolinao coast late at night Feb 16. Vessel en route from Obi, Indonesia, to Ningbo, China, lodaded with nickel ore, suffered engine failure and after that, experienced heavy rolling in rough weather. Most probably, vessel was loaded with either coal or ore, cargo has been shifted, and vessel capsized at around 22:00 LT. Out of 10 rescued 1 was already dead or died later, 2 were injured. injured sailors were transferred tyo hospital by means of Coast Guard. 14 sailors are missing, search and rescue for them was on during the day Feb 17, and will resume with daylight Feb 18.
Bulk carrier Harita Bauxite, IMO 8103664, dwt 48891, built 1983, flag Panama, manager OCEAN SENTINELS SHIPMANAGEMENT, Singapore.

February 21
Freighter Dong Hai No.1 sank in Japan sea
A small cargo vessel Dong Hai No.1 sank in the morning Feb 21 13 in Niigata Prefecture waters, Japan sea, reported world.people.com.cn citing the Kyodo News. Japan Navy helicopters rescued 12 crew, but 3 of them, 1 Chinese and 2 Koreans, died, presumably because of hypothermia. Vessel left Aomori for South Korea, loaded reportedly with some 100 tons of scallop. Dong Hai No.1 is Cambodia-flagged, displacement 296 tons. If Google translated the Chinese-language news correctly and cargo was scallop, then, the vessel was reefer. No other data found. 12 crew included 3 South Korean and 9 Chinese nationalities. If anyone knows vessels details, please advise vmd@odin.tc

February 23
Passenger vessel Fajar Samudera sank on Port Klang road
Passenger vessel Fajar Samudera sank on Port Klang road, Malaysia, on Feb 23 after being anchored in a lay-out for more than three years, reported the The New Strait Times. Vessel was unmanned and sank due to leakage, which was caused by the lack of maintenance. Vessel is laying portside on the bottom on a depth of 12 meters, with part of the hull visible during the low water. Wreckage is marked with buoys and doesnt threaten shipping in the area. Photos from The New Strait Times.
Ro-ro passenger vessel Fajar Samudera, IMO 8807143, 4476 gt, built 1989, flag Malaysia, owner PSSB Sdn Bhd.

February 27
Coasters Fuhang 89 and Yongdesheng 168 collided and sank, China
Coasters Fuhang 89 and Yongdesheng 168 collided in the Minjiang river estuary, Fuzhou, Fujian province, northern Taiwan Strait, early in the morning Feb 27, reported Xinhua. According to news, both vessels sank. 5 crew of Fuhang 89 and 3 crew of Yongdesheng 168 were rescued, while 1 from Yongdesheng 168 died. Cargo vessel Yongdesheng 168, MMSI 413520810, flag China, length 66 meters. Cargo vessel Fuhang 89, MMSI 412443770, flag China length 78 meters.
March 6
Freighter Nikolay Bauman sank off Danuba delta, Black sea
General cargo vessel Nikolay Bauman sank in approximately position 45 13N 029 48E, some 7 nautical miles NE of Sulina port, Danube delta, at around 10:55 LT Mar 6. Vessel loaded with 2,700 tons of gypsum was en route from Eregli Turkey to Kherson Ukraine, meaning vessel was to pass Danube delta heading north. AIS track shows, that vessel changed its course and headed for delta. Weather was favourable. Most probably, vessel suffered water ingress, caused by yet unknown reason, and tried to reach shallow waters, expecting assistance from nearby port. Vessel sank on 17 meters depth, 11 crew rescued. General cargo vessel Nikolay Bauman, IMO 7420675, dwt 3136, built 1973, flag Moldova, manager (according to AIS) SVS MANAGEMENT PE, Izmail, Ukraine.

March 9
Coaster Budi Jasa sank off Singapore after collision with ferry Sea Hawk
MPA Singapore reports: At 0625hrs (Singapore time) on 9 March, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received a report that an Indonesian-registered coaster craft, Budi Jasa 18, had sunk in the West Keppel Fairway. 5 crew members onboard the craft has been rescued and 1 person was reported missing. Budi Jasa 18 sank as a result of a collision with Sea Hawk, a ferry that was proceeding from Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal (PPFT) to Pulau Bukom. At the time of the incident, Sea Hawk was carrying 200 passengers. 8 passengers suffered injuries, of which 5 were sent to Bukom Clinic to receive medical treatment for cuts and abrasions, and 3 were sent to Alexandra Hospital. No data found on Budi Jasa 18 coaster, there are about 10 Budi Jasa vessels reported by AIS websites, all under Budi Jasa and number names, but no Budi Jasa 18. Judging from data on other Budi Jasa vessels, the one which sank is a small vessel with length 20-30 meters. Ferry Sea Hawk, Callsign 9V9030, length 28 meters, flag Singapore.
March 10
Colombian coaster FM Express destroyed by fire
Colombian coaster FM Express caught fire at night Mar 10, some 5 nautical miles north of Bocas de Ceniza, Barranquilla, Colombia. Vessel was en route from Colon, Panama, to Puerto Nuevo, Columbia, with some 300 tons of general cargo on board. 8 Colombian crew went into life boat and were rescued by Coast Guard units with the help of bulk carrier UBC Sacramento. According to FM Express Master, fire started in engine room after a short circuit. Cargo consisted of, as cited by local media, appliances, dishes and food. The scale of fire though, seems to be rather odd. Photos from shipspotting.com and zonacero.info, latter has video, too.
General cargo vessel FM Express, IMO 7330076, dwt 770, built 1974, flag unknown, owner unknown.
Bulk carrier UBC Sacramento, IMO 9236080, dwt 31759, built 2001, flag Cyprus, manager ATHENA MARINE CO LTD, Cyprus.

March 11
Ferry Angelica Grace sank in port, Philippines
Ferry Angelica Grace sank in Cabahug Wharf, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines, on March 11 due to the move of boarded trucks. Vessel was berthed loading big eight-wheel trucks, when passing big vessel raised big waves, which tilted Angelica Grace. Mooring lines snapped, one of the trucks aboard moved, causing Angelica Grace to list starboard and then sink, some 15 meters off the berth. No one among crew and passengers was injured. Ro-ro passenger vessel Angelica Grace, IMO 9163788, 416 gt, built 1997, flag Philippines, owner RAPAL INTERISLAND SHIPPING INC.

March 11
Fishing vessel sank, Comoros Islands
Unidentified fishing vessel sank in Comoros Islands between Anjouan and Mayotte, Northern Mozambique Strait, on Mar 11. Forty five people reported missing. Most probably, vessel wasnt fishing but carrying people from one island to another. No other details available.
March 15
Nigerian ferry disaster, 166 feared dead
At least 166 Nigerians are feared dead after a boat disaster off Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Boat with presumably, 168 people on board, mostly traders from Igbo, sailed from Oron, Akwa Ibom State for Gabon, on Mar 15, but capsized and sank. The cause of the sinking is believed to be an overloading. Two persons, boy and woman, survived the tragedy. As of morning Mar 20 some 45 dead bodies are recovered. Passengers chose the wooden boat for transportation because of its low cost. Exact date and time of boats sinking are unknown, authorities reported disaster only on Tuesday, Mar 19. Photo of the dead bodies washed ashore from The National Mirror, Nigeria.

March 18
Chinese cargo vessel Guang Yang Xin Gang sank in Bohai Bay
Chinese cargo vessel Guang Yang Xin Gang capsized and sank on Mar 18 at around 17:15 LT some 40 nm of Longkou, Shandong Province, Bohai Bay, en route from Tianjin to Taizhou. Out of fourteen crew one unconscious was rescued by helicopter, one is missing, twelve dead bodies recovered. Not much data on the vessel, media reported Guang Yang Xin Gang as a container ship, but its not confirmed. Some kind of coastal cargo vessel, most probably. Cargo vessel Guang Yang Xin Gang, MMSI 412302390, Callsign 3JTWQ. Length 96 meters.
March 19
Vietnamese freighter Vinacomin 03 sank after collision with sistership Vinacomin 02
Vietnamese bulk carrier Vinacomin 03 collided with sistership belonging to the same company, Vinacomin 02, at around 01:30 LT Mar 19 13 in position 18 29N 106 41E, some 25 nautical miles off Vietnam coast, Bay of Tonkin. Vinacomin 03, loaded with about 3,000 tons of coal, sank after collision. Vinacomin 02 rescued 13 crew and 1 went missing. After several hours of searching, missing crew was found and understood to be rescued, safe and sound. Vinacomin 02 reportedly suffered some damages, the extent of the damages unknown. Investigation under way. On the photo sistership of Vinacomin 03 and 02, Vinacomin 01.
Bulk carrier Vinacomin 03, IMO 9592836, dwt 3109, built 2010, flag Vietnam, owner VINACOMIN WATERWAY TRANSPORT.
Bulk carrier Vinacomin 02, IMO 9573294, dwt 2913, built 2010, flag Vietnam.

March 29
Coastal freighter MSV Arul Seeli sank off Beypore, India
Vesseltracker.com reported coastal cargo vessel MSV Arul Seeli sank at night Mar 29 about 21nm off the Beypore, en route from Beypore port in Kerala, India to Kavarathi in Lakshadweep Islands. Vessel was carrying a cargo of some 150 tons, including cows and construction materials, with 8 crew on board. Fishermen rescued 3 crew, 5 are missing. MSV Arul Seeli, MMSI 419800910, length 30 meters, flag India. Judging from the disaster description, its a coastal cargo vessel, maybe dhow.
March 30
Turkish bulker Atlantik Confidence abandoned after fire, Indian ocean
NATO Indian Ocean Task Force reported involvement in the rescue of Turkish bulk carrier Atlantik Confidence in Gulf of Aden in the morning Mar 30 13. Vessel reported fire in engine room and requested assistance, being in position off the island of Masirah (Oman). US frigate USS Nicholas was ordered to assist. Shortly after master of the distressed vessel ordered the crew to abandon the vessel. Helicopter from the frigate was dispatched to the scene and found all crew already in life boats without any seeming danger. Frigate coordinated the rescue of the crew by another Turkish vessel which happened to be nearby, a tanker YM Pluto (IMO 9464118). 21 Atlantik Confidence crew, all Turkish seamen, embarked the tanker, all are reported to be safe and sound. Bulk carrier reported to be partially sank and drifting.
Later reports said vessel sank.
Bulk carrier Atlantik Confidence, IMO 9110341, dwt 27209, built 1996, flag Liberia, manager ATLANTIK DENIZCILIK TICARET, Turkey.

April 6-7
Tug Little Debbie sank in Guantanamo Bay
Tug Little Debbie sank in Guantanamo Bay over a weekend Apr 6-7 13. Tug was operated by a contractor, not by Navy. At the time of sinking tug was moored to a maintenance barge. Some leakage occurred. No injures reported. The reason of sinking is yet unknown. Tug Little Debbie, MMSI 367030250, length 60 foot, flag USA. The only photo found, from marinetraffic.com.

April 8
Dutch freighter Ambassadeur sunk French trawler Loïc Lucas in collision, English Canal
Dutch freighter Ambassadeur collided with French trawler Loïc Lucas (CN 783642) shortle after midnight Apr 8 13 in English Canal, see map below. Trawler sank, 4 crew went into life raft and were rescued by nearby fishing vessel Rève de Mousse 1 around 01:00, nobody injured. Ambassadeur made an U-turn, and moved to sinking trawler to assist. After fishermen rescue Ambassadeur resumed voyage to Moerdijk. Weather at the time of an accident was unfavourable with wind of some 23 knots.
General cargo vessel Ambassadeur, IMO 9361328, dwt 6000, built 2007, flag Netherlands, manager TER STEGE REDERIJ.

April 13
Tug Delta Captain sank off California
The Coast Guard received a distress called from the tug Delta Captain at 2:55 p.m. Aprl 13 13 and immediately launched rescue crews and rescue helicopter, reported USCG San Francisco. Tag sank in pos 36 18N 122 11W area, 12 nautical miles west of Californian coast, some 90 nm south of San Francisco. The rescue helicopter crew located the survivors of the Delta Captain and deployed a rescue swimmer to hoist them aboard. All four were transported to shore in Monterey. There were no reports of injuries. The tug Delta Captain sank while towing a barge. Two tugs were sent to the scene to tow the barge. Tug Delta Captain, MMSI 366988490, length 26 meters, flag USA.

April 14
Chinese freighter Tian Yun sank after visiting North Korean port
Chinese general cargo vessel Tian Yun sank in the afternoon Apr 14 13 in Japan sea. Vessel is reported to sink in South Korean waters, en route, according to vessels AIS, from Rizhao, China, East China Sea, to Chongjinn, North Korea, Japan Sea. According to Satellite AIS track, vessel already called Chongjinn, and left port on Apr 11. No other information available. On a photo from China.org.com sinking Tian Yun. The 17 Chinese crew rescued, no injures reported. On a photo from better days Tian Yun under the name of Jupiter.
General cargo vessel Tian Yun, IMO 8024894, dwt 6436, built 1981, flag Panama, manager HONG KONG SEASTAR SHIPPING LTD, China.

April 21
Chinese fish factory Kai Xin sank in the Antarctic after the fire
Chinese fish factory Kai Xin sank on Apr 21 after 4 days drift, some 60 kilometers NE of King George Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Chinese trawler Fu Rong Hai, which was monitoring abandoned Kai Xin, reported lost of radar contact and later, life rafts spotted in the area.
Fire report:
Chinese fish factory Kai Xin is on fire in the Antarctic, crew evacuated
Chinese fish factory Kai Xin is on fire in the Antarctic, some 34 nautical miles off Chilean Antarctic Research Base Bernardo O'Higgins, see the map. Exact date when the fire started is unknown, Kai Xin issued distress signal and in the morning Apr 17 13, 97 crew were taken on board of Norwegian f/v Juvel (IMO: 9256664). No other details available at present. On a photo from elimparcial.com burning Kai Xin.
Fish factory Kai Xin, IMO 8836027, 4407 gt, built 1990, flag China, owner Shanghai Kaichuang Deep Sea Fisheries Co. Ltd.

April 28
Tanker Myan-Aung sank after collision with car carrier Malacca Highway, Myanmar
Myanmar coastal tanker Myan-Aung collided on Apr 28 13 with car carrier Malacca Highway on Yangon river at around 15:00 LT near Thilawa port. Myan-Aung was on the way to Yangon. Tanker sank, reportedly after capsizing, 17 crew rescued by Myanmar navy ship. Malacca Highway reportedly detained in Yangon for investigation.
Tanker Myan-Aung, IMO 6505698, dwt 1118, built 1965, flag Myanmar, owner Myanmar Energy Ministry.
Car carrier Malacca Highway, IMO 9235414, 17735 gt, built 2001, flag Panama, manager TAIYO NIPPON KISEN CO LTD, Japan.

April 29
Freighter Pirireis sank after collision with boxship Consouth, 2 dead, 8 missing, Med
German boxship Consouth collided with Turkish general cargo vessel Pirireis at around 07:00 Apr 29 13 in Ionian sea some 5 miles off Greece Sapientza Island. Weather was good, details of the collision yet unknown. Turkish freighter sank, two crew members are reported dead, eight missing, seven rescued, all crew are reportedly Syrians. Pirireis was en route to Nikolayev, Ukraine, with cargo of fertilizers. No reports on damages to Consouth, 16 crew (including Russian, Polish and Filipino nationalities) is unhurt, vessel presumably stays seaworthy, capable of sailing under own power. S&R by Greek Coast Guard is underway.
Pirireis vs Consouth collision update
m/v Pirireis collided with m/v Consouth within five miles of position 36 10N 020 09E, and was reported some hours later as abandoned and adrift. Greek Coast Guard reported seven crew from the Pirireis were rescued by m/v Consouth, two dead bodies also were recovered by m/v Consouth. It is understood, that the Consouth was directed to a Greek port for investigation.
General cargo vessel Pirireis, IMO 7916727, dwt 13206, built 1979, flag Cook Islands, manager EMIROGLU DENIZ NAKLIYATI, Turkey.
Boxship Consouth, IMO 9145255, dwt 8937, capacity 779 TEU, built 1998, flag Antigua, manager Reederei Erwin Strahlmann eK, Germany.

May 3
Vietnamese freighter Lam Hong 26 sank in Gulf of Tonkin
Reportedly general cargo vessel Lam Hong 26 sank on May 3 13 in Gulf of Tonkin off Hai Phong, Vietnam. Crew is rescued. No other details available.
General cargo vessel Lam Hong 26, IMO 8998992, dwt 1024, built 2002, flag Vietnam, LAM HONG CONSTRUCTION & TRADING JOINT STOCK CO.
Obstructed propeller reason for sinking
The "Lam Hong 26 sank in the Gulf of Tonkin near Hai Phong, Vietnam, after it had become disabled on May 3. The propeller had become entangled in an obstruction. The vessel went adrift in heavy winds and developed a significant list. The crew requested assistance with a rescue vessel responding. All eight crew members were safely rescued before the Lam Hong 26 sank. The vessel was carrying iron ore from Fang Cheng Gang to Nghe an in China on its last voyage.
May 7
Cont Jolly Nero hit Port Control Tower, 3 dead several missing, Genoa
Local media report say Italian boxship Jolly Nero allided with Port Control Tower in Genoa at around 23:00 LT May 7 13, while maneuvering in port are. Part of the tower said to have crashed, tower listed some 45 degress, at least three people in the tower died and several are missing. The reports presently are rather confused, some say part of the tower with some 10 people in it actually crashed into the water, divers were searching for missing people throughout the night. Some 6 people were injured. Number of people in the tower at the time of an accident is not clear yet, some media say there were 10 people, some say 14 or more. Emergency officials said they dont know if there are some people trapped in part of the tower which crashed into the water.
Representative of the Messina Line said, according to media, that vessel was leaving port. After the collision Jolly Nero was taken to the berth in Genoa port, extent of damages vessel suffered unknown. Presently vessel is berthed, see the pic. What caused the allision, is yet unknown.
Latest reports said 8 people died, 1 missing.
Container vessel Jolly Nero, IMO 7361233, 40594 gt, capacity 1828 TEU, built 1976, flag Italy, manager MESSINA LINE.

May 12
Bulk carrier Xin Chuan 8 sank on Yangtze river
Bulk carrier Xin Chuan 8 sank on Yangtze river in Nanjing after colliding with a bridge on May 12 13, reported Xinhua. Vessel was loaded with 12,500 tons of limestone, it hit the bridge at around 04:20 LT, according to Nanjing Maritime Bureau. Vessel collided with one of the piers of the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, and sank some 40 minutes later 3.5 kilometers down the river from the bridge. 18 crew rescued. Photos of the damaged pier and mast of Xin Chuan 8 above the water by Xinhua.
Bulk carrier Xin Chuan 8, Call Sign BBLY6, MMSI 413324360, length 139 meters, flag China.

May 16
Fire on board of fishing vessel Taigan, Hokkaido
Lloyds accident report:
Casualty Reports: Taigan (Cambodia) 16 May 2013, 04:20 Message text: London, May 16 -- Following received from Vladivostok Rescue Centre, timed 0405, UTC: Fishing (general) Taigan (497 gt, built 1976), with 23 crew members on board, experienced a fire on board, while the vessel was approximately in position lat 45 28N, long 141 45E, near Port Wakkanai, at about 0300 hrs, today. Seventeen crew members have been rescued while six are still missing. Reportedly, the fire is still not under control.

Casualty Reports: Taigan (Cambodia) 16 May 2013, 08:41 Message text: Manila, May 16 -- Six Russian crew members of fishing (general) Taigan were killed in a fire, which broke out on board the vessel, on the evening of May 15, at the Port of Wakkanai. Seventeen other crew members on board the vessel were able to escape from the burning vessel, however, six of them sustained minor injuries. The fire continued for almost 11 hours before it was extinguished by firefighters. Following the fire, rescuers searching the vessel found the bodies of the six crew members. -- Correspondent.

Casualty Reports: Taigan (Cambodia) 17 May 2013, 02:56 Message text: Yokohama, May 17 -- Fire on-board fishing (general) Taigan, which started at around 0145 hrs, May 16, at the pier in Wakkanai Port, was extinguished at around 1300 hrs, the same day. Six crew members died due to the fire. -- Lloyd's Agents (Cornes & Co., LTD).

Fishing vessel Taigan fire update and vessels details Reader of the Maritime Bulletin sent to me Lloyds details of fishing vessel Taigan, which suffered major fire, with 6 crew perishing in the fire, on May 16 13 in Wakkanai port, Japan. Vessel changed the names many times, it was re-named as Taigan just days before the accident, on April 25. Vessel arrived to Wakkanai with cargo of crabs from Korsakov, Sakhalin Island. Even Lloyd, though, doesnt know whos the actual owner of the vessel, but some details in the whole story tell the owners are Russians.

Some Russian media already alleged the crabs were poached. Whether is true or not, is irrelevant to the fire, which was caused, most probably, either by a shortcut, or due to negligence of some of the crew. Fire started in the superstructure late at night, thats why it caused so many casualities. Be it morning or day time, there wouldnt be, most probably, no casualities at all.
Vessels particulars:
Name Taigan
Flag Cambodia
DWT 351
IMO 7533240
Type Fishing (General)
GT 497 T
Year of build 1976
Contact Fericirea Corporation
Name Taigan since: Apr 2013

May 26
Tug Jascon 4 capsized and sank, Nigeria
Operator of the tug Jascon-4, company Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), confirmed the sinking of the vessel. Tug capsized and sank early in the morning May 26 13 in the area of Single Buoy Mooring (SBM) 3, a loading point 30 km offshore in the Escravos area of Delta state, Nigeria. Tug was supporting tanker moored or in the process of mooring, at SBM 3, for loading oil. The details are unknown, it is reported there was heavy swell, and most probably, capsizing was caused by the pull of towing line going perpendicular to the side of the tug. Reportedly there were 12 people on board, maybe not only crew but some other personnel engaged in offshore operations. All of them are considered to be missing, Search and Rescue maybe is still under way, with vessels, helicopters and divers involved. Chief engineer is of Ukrainian nationality. All the information collected so far was provided by Nigerian online edition Vanguard, and some individuals.
Only one crew miraculously survived the disaster, spending some three nights underwater in an air bag in tugs hull. He was rescued by divers. Among perished crew was Ukrainian Chief Engineer.
Tug Jascon-4, IMO 9316256, 471 gt, built 2004, flag S-Vincent, manager WALVIS NIGERIA LTD.
May 30
Classic 50-th passenger freighter Georg Buchner sank under way to demolition
Former German training ship Georg Buchner sank under suspicious circumstances
Former German training ship Georg Buchner sank while under tow under suspicious circumstances in Baltic sea off Gdansk on May 30 13, reported vesseltracker.com citing schiffe-und-kreuzfahrten.de. Vessel was under tow of Polish tug Ajaks to be towed to Klaipeda for dismantling. Some kind of foul play is suspect, as Gerog Buchner was insured before the towage for quite unusual sum of four million Euros. Investigation under way.
Full report with photos and schemes at
http://www.schiffe-und-kreuzfahrten.de/ms-georg-buechner-ist-gesunken/
Passenger/cargo vessel was built in 1951 on shipyard J. Cockerill S.A. in Hoboken, and named Charlesville vom Stapel, for Belgian Reederei Compagnie Maritime Belge (Lloyd Royal) S.A. Vessel served the shipping line Belgium Belgian Congo until year 1967. In 1967 vessel was modified to a training vessel, and got a new name of Georg Buchner. In 1977, vessel was taken to Szczecin tu become a stationary training ship. In 1990 vessel was moved to Rostock and used as training ship, as a hotel and as a guest house. Vessel was sold for dismantling to Lithuania in January 2013.
Passenger/cargo vessel Georg Buchner, IMO 5068863, displacement 10901, built 1951, photo from Wikipedia.
Tug Ajaks was chartered by the Cuxhaven company Otto Wulf GmbH & Co. KG. Tug Ajaks, IMO 7514658, flag Poland, manager WUZ GDANSK.

June 4
Who sank freighter Matthew I?
Dutch Navy reported on its website the details of freighter Matthew I sinking in the Caribbean on June 4 13. According to the report, vessel, suspect in cocaine trafficking, was monitored by Dutch frigate Zr. Ms. Holland and US Coast Guard, including patrol planes with night vision devices and infrared cameras. Vessel was ordered to stop for the inspection, but refused to obey and tried to run. Then the master of the vessel reported on VHF fire in engine room, the report was followed by an explosion, ensuing fire engulfed the superstructure, 10 crew went into rafts and was rescued later. Dutch frigate tried to fight the fire, but to no avail, vessel sank. Dutch command has no doubts that the crew intentionally sank the vessel to get rid of illegal cargo and hide all evidence.
There is another version, though, voiced by Russian former submariner in his blog, he assumes vessel could be sunk by a experimental torpedo fired by the US Submarine. Torpedo, he claims, is designed for a purpose of disabling the suspect vessel, not sinking it.
General cargo vessel Matthew I, IMO 6417011, dwt 760, built 1964, flag Georgia (Panama?), manager ROJAS & MACEDO, Panama (?).
http://www.defensie.nl/marine/actueel/nieuws/2013/06/05/46206175/Drugssmokkel_eindigt_in_reddingsoperatie
http://sovpl.forum24.ru/?1-6-0-00000008-000-0-0#000.001

June 6
Trawler Hemisferio Sul burned out and sank, Atlantic
MRCC Delgada, Portugal, received an emergency signal at 07:44 LT June 6 13 from trawler Hemisferio Sul, reporting fire on board and requiring immediate assistance. Vessel was some 700 nautical miles west of Sao Miguel island, Azores. MRCC diverted to the distress trawler nearby Spanish fishing vessel Mardani (IMO 9194244), which successfully rescued the 12 crew of Hemisferio Sul at around 09:00 LT, no injures reported. Mardani headed for Horta port, Faial island, Azores, believing that the abandoned Hemisferio Sul sank after burning out. Photo from http://h-sul.blogspot.com/
Trawler Hemisferio Sul, IMO 8812071, 252 gt, built 1990, flag Portugal.

June 10
Freighter Asian Express sank in Indian ocean
General cargo vessel Asian Express experienced engine problem on June 10 13 en route from Port Bin Qasim, Pakistan, to Maldives, with cargo of sand and cement. Vessel requested assistance on June 12 or earlier, Indian media said Master of the vessel issued distress signal in the morning June 12. Vessel was some 50 nautical miles north of Minicoy island, Lakshadweep group of islands, Laccadive sea, in position 09 04N 072 55E. Indian Coast Guard ship Varuna came to assist, but abandoned all attempts to fix engine because of deteriorating weather conditions. Sea became too rough, it was decided to evacuate all 22 crew, including 18 Maldivians and 4 Indians. Crew is safe, vessel reportedly, is afloat and drifting. Two days later vessel reportedly sank.
General cargo vessel Asian Express, IMO 7627728, dwt 7085, built 1977, flag Maldives, manager LILY SHIPPING & TRADING PVT, Maldives.

June 14
Offshore support vessel Celeste Ann sank in Gulf of Mexico
Offshore support vessel Celeste Ann sank in the morning June 14 13 some 15 miles south of Southwest Pass (one of the channels at the mouth of the Mississippi River Wikipedia) after collision with an oil rig, reported WDSU News New Orlean http://www.wdsu.com. Coast Guard informed WDSU, that all 20 people on board are safe, theyve been transferred to another vessel before Celeste Ann sank. There were 4 crew and 16 offshore workers on board. Celeste Ann is operated by B&J Martin of Galliano.
Offshore support (passenger) vessel Celeste Ann, length 35 meters, displacement 200 mt, built 1979, flag USA. Photo from WDSU News New Orleans website.

June 16
Yacht Horizons abandoned and drifting, South Pacific
Yacht Horizons issued distress signal on June 16 13 in position 16 47.70S 171 34.68W, some 150 nautical miles (280km) south south west of American Samoa. Maritime New Zealand reports:
The initial report was received via Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Honolulu with the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) receiving a transmission from the vessels emergency locator beacon (EPIRB) just before 8am. RCCNZ Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Dave Wilson said three vessels were directed to the scene with charter fishing vessel MV Last Stall the first to arrive, rescuing the crew (two Americans and one Canadian) at around midday.
At 0000 UTC June 17 yacht was still afloat, drifting in the vicinity of 16 45.33S 171 38.20W.
Yacht Horizons, Callsign ZCRW5, length 32 meters, flag Cayman Islands.
June 21
Turkish tanker Nazo-S ablaze, Adriatic sea
Fire engulfed superstructure of Turkish tanker Nazo-S caused reportedly, by electric shortcut at around 18:30 LT June 21 13. Vessel was ballasting from Ravenna Italy to Galati, Romania, at the time of an accident vessel was some 37 miles off Civitanova, Italy. 12 crew went to lifeboat and was rescued by boxship Annamarie (IMO 9287687), later crew was transferred to patrol or rescue boats, sent from Ancona port by port authorty. Fire reported extinguished by two tugs with firefighting equipment by 05:00 LT June 22. The authorities are trying to contact owner of the tanker to decide where to tow tanker.
Chemical tanker Nazo-S, IMO 7403055, dwt 3130, built 1975, flag Turkey, manager MTB DENIZCILIK VE TICARET AS.

June 23
Car carrier NOCC Oceanic suspect in hit and run, Japan
Car carrier NOCC Oceanic left Yokohama on June 22 13 bound for North America, but was ordered to proceed to the nearest Japan port, Sendai-Shiogama, as a suspect in hit and run accident occurred in the morning June 23, some 200 nautical miles NE of Tokyo in the Pacific. Japanese fishing vessel Yujin Maru no. 7 was hit by a vessel and broke in two. 8 crew were rescued, master of the fishing vessel is missing. NOCC Oceanic didnt report any accident, but was figured out by Japanese Coast Guard as a prime suspect, and ordered to return to Japan. Car carrier arrived to Sendai-Shiogama road on June 24, survey carried out during June 25 found some damage in the bow area, which may result from a collision. Investigation continues.
Car carrier NOCC Oceanic, IMO 9624029, 58250 gt, built 2012, flag Marshall Islands, manager NORWEGIAN CAR CARRIERS ASA.
June 23
Turkish freighter Tayyar Senkaya 1 sank in Mediterranean sea
General cargo vessel Tayyar Senkaya 1 sank at around 0400 local time June 23 13 in Mediterranean sea in position 35 59N 030 24E, some 60 nautical miles south of Antalya, Turkey. Vessel issued distress signal early in the morning reporting water ingress in hold or holds, probably because of inappropriate cargo stowage. Tayyar Senkaya I loaded with steel roll was en route from Eregli to Singapore, according to AIS. According to Turkish media, vessel was sailing to Mersin, which is more probable. 11 crew rescued by nearest vessel, Palmalis chemical tanker Gobustan (IMO 9575321). Photos of sinking Tayyar Senkaya 1 from denizhaber.com.tr.
General cargo vessel Tayyar Senkaya I, IMO 7615957, dwt 2670, built 1987, flag Turkey, manager ER-MAR DENIZCILIK SANAYI.

June 23
Two Chinese freighters sank off Hainan Island
Two Chinese freighters, Chang Xin Shun 888 and Jin Ma 788, sank in the morning June 23 13 off Hainan Island, Gulf of Tonkin, in position 19 09N 108 37E, caught in Bebinca storm. Vessels reportedly were anchored at the time of an accident, both loaded with coal, with crew of 6. distress signal was received by Hainan Maritime Authorities at 06:20 LT. All 12 seamen were rescued, operation was coordinated by Hainan Maritime Authorities. Chang Xin Shun 888 is resting on the bottom with bridge above the water.
General cargo vessel Chang Xin Shun 888, MMSI 413352320, 498 gt, length 53 meters, flag China.
General cargo vessel Jin Ma 788, MMSI 413353560, 495 gt, length 53 meters, flag China.
June 26
Tuna fishing vessel Chun Ying burned out in Indian ocean
Reportedly 16 crew of tuna fishing vessel Chun Ying, destroyed by fire on June 26 or earlier, were rescued by a sister vessel from a life raft, derelict life raft was recovered in position 01 06N 055 25E, 15 crew are missing. There were 31 persons on board of f/v Chun Ying 28 crew and 3 guards. The fire started in one of the generators.
First news:
f/v Chun Ying destroyed by fire, 31 crew in liferafts, Indian ocean
June 26 13 - Taiwanese longliner Chun Ying reportedly destroyed by fire in Indian ocean in position 01 13N 055 24E, some 350 nautical miles north of Seychelles, some 470 nm off Somalia coast. 31 crew went into two liferafts. No reports on rescue operation, vessels in the area are asked to assist.
Longliner Chun Ying, IMO 8651764, 525 gt, built 2000, flag Taiwan, owner Chyan Maan Oceanic, Taiwan. On a photo typical Chinese/Taiwanese longliner, not Chun Ying.

27 June
Famous American schooner Nina missing in Tasman sea
27 June 2013
Historic American 21m (70ft) schooner Nina went missing en route from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle, Australia. The vessel, built in 1928, left Opua on 29 May 13 and has not been heard from since 4 June, when the vessel was about 370 nautical miles west-north-west of Cape Reinga. There are seven people on board, six Americans (three men aged 17, 28 and 58, and three women aged 18, 60 and 73) and a British man aged 35. The vessel is equipped with satellite phone, a spot device which allows regular tracking signals to be sent manually, and an emergency beacon. The emergency beacon has not been activated.
On 26 June 13 a search was completed of 324,000 square nautical miles between northern New Zealand and the Australian coast. Unfortunately, no sign of the vessel has been found.
28 June 2013
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has coordinated two extensive sea-based searches based on different scenarios, covering a combined area of 500,000 square nautical miles.
Maritime New Zealand
Burgess & Morgan schooner Nina:
84-year-old Burgess & Morgan schooner Nina was the first jib head rigged yacht to race across the Atlantic, the first American yacht to win the Fastnet race, and she has been at it again. In heavy weather that kept half of the 60 boat fleet at anchor, Nina sailed to victory on handicap Jan. 7, 2012, in New Zealand's 37th annual Tall Ships and Classic Invitation races.
Full photo gallery including drawings at
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151137385515603.787472.10150140252985603&type=1

July 1
Jack-up rig Perro Negro 6 sank offshore Angola
Saipem S.p.A. reported that the Perro Negro 6 sank offshore Angola after the seabed collapsed under one of the rig's three legs at night July 1 13. The rig was engaged in drilling operations near the mouth of the Congo River at the border of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo in approximately 40 meters of water, Saipem said in a press release.
One hundred and three workers were on board the rig when the Perro Negro suddenly tilted, causing the rig to take on water and capsize. One crew member is missing, and six other workers suffered minor injuries. The Perro Negro is working under contract with Chevron Corporation through early 2015 at a day rate in the upper $110,000s, according to Rigzone's RigLogix database.
Jack-up rig Perro Negro 6, IMO 8770572, length 90 meters, 9627 gt, built 2008, flag Bahamas.

July 3
Bulk carriers Katherine and Baru Satu collided in Aegean sea
Bulk carriers Katherine and Baru Satu collided in Aegean sea some 8 nm SW of Gavrio, Andros island, Greece, near position 37 52N 24 33E, at around 23:48 UTC July 3 13, or around 02:00 July 4 LT. Vessels collided on opposite courses, obviously due to watch officers errors. Katherine got a hole portside in Hold 5 area, with ensuing water ingress, Baru Satu suffered bow damage, also resulting in water ingress. 9 out of 23 Katherine crew went to a Greek patrol boat, the remaining 14 stay on board. All 17 crew of Baru Satu stay on board. Both vessels are slowly proceeding towards some port or place of refuge, maybe even, Baru Satu moored to Katherine in order to keep her afloat. Greece authorities understandably dont want sunken bulk carrier near coastline or on approaches to some port, theyd prefer vessel to sink as far off land as possible.
Katherine was en route from Novorossiysk, Russia, to Italy, with cargo of steel. Baru Satu was en route from Brazil to Bulgaria, Black sea, with cargo of sugar.
July 7 bulk carriers Katherine and Baru Satu were separated, assuming all the time after collision theyve been stuck together, sometime in the afternoon July 7. Baru Satu seems to be under tow of tug Aegeon Pelagos (IMO:6518140) proceeding in NW direction. Katherine condition still unclear, vessel with several salvage boats at its side is circling around.
July 8: Bulk carriers Katherine and Baru Satu are under tow to unnamed port or place of refuge, Katherine seems to be stabilized. Almost three days vessels apparently, were kept stuck after collision, a decision which seemingly, saved Katherine from sinking.
Bulk carrier Katherine, IMO 9133290, dwt 28711, built 1997, flag Malta, manager BLOSSOM MARITIME CORP., Greece.
Bulk carrier Baru Satu, IMO 9233624, dwt 16190, built 2001, flag Panama, manager (according to AIS) BARU KAHA, Greece.

July 4
Bangladeshi freighter Hope reported sank was towed to Phuket
General cargo vessel Hope didnt sink off Phuket on July 4 13 as was reported earlier, vessel with heavy list starboard is under tow to Phuket, wrote Bangkok Post on July 7. Tug from Penang, Malaysia, engaged in towage. The confusion over the total number of the crew, number of rescued, dead and missing is also clarified there was 17 crew on board, 9 rescued all with injures, 2 died, 6 went missing.
Previous news:
Bangladeshi freighter Hope sank in Andaman sea off Phuket
General cargo vessel Hope issued distress signal and around 03:45 Bangkok time July 4 13, reporting sinking in heavy seas, vessel was some 35 miles south of Phuket Island, Thailand, Andaman sea. Reportedly, 19 crew were rescued by Thai Navy helicopter, 10 in a life raft went missing. Thai Navy continues Search and Rescue searching the area by helicopters. Vessel was en route to Chittagong, Bangladesh, after transiting Malacca Strait.
General cargo vessel Hope, IMO 8921482, dwt 7045, built 1990, flag Bangladesh, MANSHIP PTE LTD, Singapore.

July 6
Chinese bulk carrier Fu Sheng Hai broke in two, fore section sank, Japan sea
Bulk carrier Fu Shang Hai which ran aground on or near Saeng island off Busan, Japan sea, on July 1 13, broke in two on July 6, reported vesseltracker.com. The fore section up to Hold 4 sank on some 30 meters depth, aft section is aground. Salvage is under way, though the decision regarding the fate of fore section is yet unknown.
Grounding news:
Bulk carrier Fu Sheng Hai aground off Busan
Bulk carrier Fu Sheng Hai ran aground on July 1 13 on or near Saeng island off Busan, Japan sea. Vessel was en route from Lianyungang China to Busan Korea, with cargo of steel and plywood. Judging from AIS, in the afternoon July 3 vessel was probably, still aground.
Bulk carrier Fu Sheng Hai, IMO 9071703, dwt 52580, built 1993, flag Panama, manager FUZHOU WANFU SHIP MANAGEMENT, China.

July 8
The last merchant ship in Somalia pirates captivity, m/v Albedo, sank in rough weather
European Union Naval Force said on July 8 13, that anchored Malaysian container ship Albedo, hold by Somalia pirates since November 2010, sank in rough weather.
Both pirates commander and EU NAVFOR mentioned m/v Albedo having mechanical problems for months, which is no wonder. Vessel in pirates captivity was as good as derelict, from the point of view of proper maintenance. To stand against storm in an open bay means either moving out to the sea, or at least, if staying at anchor, keeping vessels bow against swell and wind, which requires an operational main engine.
Aerial photo of the sunk Albedo provided by EU NAVFOR.
EU NAVFOR said there were 15 crew on board of the Albedo.
Previous news:
July 31 2012 Pakistani crew members of m/v Albedo released by pirates
7 Pakistani crew of the boxship Albedo were released by pirates against a ransom of reportedly $1.2 million, on July 31 2012. Seafarers were transferred to Himan and Heeb Administration and then passed to Galmudug officials who are taking them to Galka'ayo to catch a flight to Nairobi, Kenya. The fate of the vessel and the rest of the crew is unclear, as the owner insists he cant collect the demanded sum of $5 million. Among Pakistani crew members was captain, meaning the captain left his vessel and the rest of his crew. There have been several campaigns in recent months in Pakistan petitioning for their release. After increased pressure on the Pakistani government, Pakistani businessman and Chairman of Bahria Town, Malik Riaz, announced that he would be topping up the ransom fund in order to release the vessel and its crew.
Hijack news:
Boxship Albedo hijacked on Nov 26 2010 in Indian ocean, vessel was en route from Jebel Ali UAE to Mombasa Kenya, loaded with containers. Boxship Albedo IMO 9041162, dwt 15562, built 1993, flag Malaysia, owner Majestic Enrich Shipping Sendirian Berhad.
Intitially crew of 23 was reported, but later it was said that one crew member, an Indian, has died from cholera, while the others, seven Pakistanis including the captain, seven Sri Lankans, six or seven Bangladeshis and one Iranian have survived the ordeal, each losing 20kg to 30kg.
Voytenko Mikhail

July 10
Tanker Otilia ablaze and abandoned off Colon, Panama Canal
Tanker Otilia caught fire at around 03:00 LT July 10 13 on approaches to Colon, Panama Canal, Atlantic side. Fire erupted in engine room and spread further, crew tried to fight fire, but failed and abandoned vessel on a life raft. Some 1.5 hours later crew was picked up by a patrol boat. Eye witness reported no fire fighting attempts in sight. Tug Capo Noli is standing by, monitoring situation but not fighting fire. Whether vessel has some cargo on board or not, is unknown. Tanker left Colon on July 9 bound for Kingston, Jamaica. Tanker presumably, is engaged in bunkering operations in Colon.
Tanker Otilia, IMO 8813697, dwt 8828, built 1989, flag Panama, manager STAR TANKERS BUNKERING SA, Panama.

July 10
Greek bulker Panamax Blessing sent to bottom Chinese freighter Harmony Rise in collision
Greek bulk carrier Panamax Blessing collided with Chinese general cargo vessel Harmony Rise at around 04:00 LT July 10 13, in the vicinity of 35 10N 129 22E some 6.5 nautical miles off Korean coast, Japan sea. Panamax Blessing was proceeding north, Harmony Rise south. Vessels collided on opposite courses obviously due to watch officers mistakes, while trying to avoid collision. Panamax Blessing struck Harmony Rise starboard, Chinese freighter sank shortly after collision. 12 Chinese crew went into life rafts and was rescued, reportedly by Panamax Blessing. Bulk carrier suffered bow damages. General cargo vessel Harmony Rise was en route from Tanchon, North Korea. Bulk carrier Panamax Blessing was en route from Argentina to Ulsan, Korea.
General cargo vessel Harmony Rise, IMO 9038074, dwt 1069, built 1991, flag Panama, manager HARMONY GROWING SHIP MANAGEMENT CO. LTD, China.
Bulk carrier Panamax Blessing, IMO 9085869, dwt 69997, built 1996, flag Cyprus, manager CYPRUS SEA LINES CO LTD, Athens, Greece.

July 12
Korean freighter MGM No.5 sank after explosion in East China Sea
Korean general cargo vessel MGM No.5 suffered an explosion in cargo hold in the afternoon July 12 13 (reportedly around 17:00 LT) and sank soon after the explosion in East China Sea, some 40 nm off Namhae Island, Korea. Nearby Russian boxship FESCO Diomid immediately came to assist and rescued 9 crew, 1 crew went missing. Rescued, all in good health, were picked up later by helicopter and transported to Korea, FESCO Diomid resumed voyage Shanghai Vostochniy. 10 crew included 2 South Koreans (Captain and Chief Engineer), 3 Indonesians and 5 Myanmar. 1 missing crew is Indonesian. MGM No.5 was en route from Incheon Korea to Wakayama Japan, with reportedly, cargo of metallic powder, which may explain the cause of the explosion. Photo of sinking MGM No.5 from Korean online edition dongA.com.
General cargo vessel MGM No.5, IMO 8804921, dwt 1384, built 1988, flag Cambodia, manager SOOSUNG CORP LTD, Busan, Korea.
Container ship FESCO Diomid, IMO 9365295, dwt 41850, capacity 3091 TEU, manager FESCO.

July 15
Fire on board of container ship Hansa Brandenburg, Indian ocean
Fire erupted on board of container ship Hansa Brandenburg on July 15 13. On July 16 13 Leonhardt & Blumberg, manager of the boxship Hansa Brandenburg, confirmed fire on board of the vessel, after one of the containers caught fire. Crew of the Hansa Brandenburg did not have a chance to extinguish the fire and to abandon vessel. All 17 crew of her container vessel MV Hansa Brandenburg have safely arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius on board of MV Donau Trader (IMO 9377559) on July 16.
July 19: Container ship Hansa Brandenburg may be already on tow of salvage tug Coral Sea FOS, which reportedly, arrived at the scene on July 17 or 18.
According to AIS track, Hansa Brandenburg arrived on Port Louis Road, Mauritius, in the morning July 22 13, on tow of salvage vessel. Leonhardt & Blumberg informed in its latest press-release, that a final decision on the port of refuge yet has to be made. Upon arrival a further assessment of damage to the vessel will follow.
Container ship Hansa Brandenburg, IMO 9236236, dwt 23493, capacity 1740 TEU, built 2002, flag Liberia, manager Leonhardt & Blumberg, Germany.
Vessel later was reported sold for scrap.

July 23
Fire on Hercules 265 jack-up rig, Gulf of Mexico
Hercules 265 jack-up rig installed some 55 miles off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, on a 48 meter depth, suffered a loss of well control in the morning July 23 13, while preparing well for production for Walter Oil & Gas Corp. Natural gas rushed up, and several hours later it ignited, engulfing the rig in a fire. No one was on board of the rig at the time fire started. A vessel fitted with fire fighting system, most probably some offshore PSV, was deployed. On July 24 Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and US Coast Guard reported that the rig started to collapse. On the first photo taken by BSEE inspectors previous to fire there is a cloud of gas over the rig, on the second, taken by USCG, rig engulfed in flames, with rig deck collapsed. No pollution reported.
Personnel returned to the 265 Hercules rig after it caught fire last week following a blowout and the ignition of leaking gas at the South Timbalier 220 natural gas Well A-3. Flyovers and assessments confirmed that it was safe to return, BSEE said in a press release July 29.
Jack-up rig Hercules 265 design Bethlehem JU-250 MC, Max Water Depth 77 meters, Max Drilling Depth 6200 meters, built 1982, flag USA, owner Hercules Offshore.

July 24
Dutch 2-mast tall ship Astrid sank off the County Cork coast
Dutch 2-mast tall ship Astrid sank off the County Cork coast, Ireland, Celtic sea, on July 24 13. The ship drifted to rocks after engine failure, broke in two and sank. All 30 people which were on board are safe, reported the RNLI. 18 were rescued by a rescue boat, 12 were picked up by another tall ship which was in the vicinity of the accident site. Astrid was to take part in classic tall ships Regatta. Pics from The Irish Times, see video footage at http://bcove.me/gcwaj6ie
Tall ship Astrid, IMO 5027792, 140 gt, built 1924, flag Netherlands.

July 24
Cambodia-flagged barge Guo Liang 677 sank in Singapore waters
MPA Singapore reported the sinking of Cambodia-flagged barge Guo Liang 677 in Singapore waters about 7 nautical miles north of Horsburgh Lighthouse on July 24 13. MPA received an emergency report at around 13:00 LT July 24. One crew member was rescued by a Police Coast Guard (PCG) patrol craft in the area. The rescued crew member reported that 9 other persons were missing. MPA was subsequently informed that another crew member had been rescued by a vessel in the vicinity. There were a total of 10 crew members, all Chinese nationals, onboard Guo Liang 677, reported MPA later. 8 went missing. S&R went on during July 24-25. No details found on Guo Liang 677. MPA reported the vessel as barge, maybe its a self-propelled barge, or a freighter, or a dredger.
August 2
Spanish trawler Almadraba Uno on the rocks abandoned by crew, Senegal
Spanish trawler Almadraba Uno issued distress signal late at night Aug 2 13, reporting water ingress after vessel ran aground on a small rosky island off Dakar, Senegal. Tug or tugs were sent to the distressed vessel, they rescued 20 crew but couldnt do anything to salvage the vessel. The condition of the vessel is unknown, whether it sank or is stuck on the rocks high and dry without much chance of being salvage. Africa Review reported Senegal authorities fear the oil spill, saying that Almadraba Uno is a tanker with 45,000 tons of petroleum on board. With all due respect to Africa Review and Senegal authorities, it seems highly improbable. There is no known Spanish (or any other flag) tanker under the name of Almadraba Uno. The distressed vessel is a trawler, there may be some 45,000 liters of fuel on board, but definitely not tons. Trawler Almadraba Uno, IMO 7503049, dwt 1150, built 1976, flag Spain, owner Petusa, Cadiz, Spain. Photo from bateauxdepeche.net

August 6
f/v Zhong Yang 26 capsized and adrift in South Pacific
Chinese longliner Zhong Yang 26 with 14 crew on Aug 6 13 reported capsized and adrift in 27 07S 144 19W area, 26 nautical miles North of Rapa Iti island, Bass Islands in French Polynesia, South Pacific. Longliner Zhong Yang 26, IMO 9671773, 317 gt, built 2012, flag China.
August 7
Chinese freighter Hai Hong Da sank after collision with capesize Frontier Voyager off Shanghai
Early in the morning Aug 7 13 capesize bulk carrier Frontier Voyager collided with Chinese coastal general cargo vessel Hai Hong Da off Yangtze river estuary, reportedly in southern channel. Hai Hong Da lodaded with 13500 tons of iron ore sank soon after collision. Out of 18 crew 15 crew were rescued by 02:30 LT, 3 either died or went missing. Frontier Voyager was en route from Australia to Shanghai. As of morning Aug 9 Frontier Voyager was in Shanghai. Photos provided by China Rescue and Salvage Agency Shanghai.
General cargo vessel Hai Hong Da, IMO 5242880, MMSI 413861000, length 141 meters, breadth 20 meters, flag China.
Capesize bulk carrier Frontier Voyager, IMO 9558177, dwt 180737, built 2012, flag Panama, manager NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA, Japan.

August 8
German freighter Kiani Satu sank after grounding and refloating, SAR
Kiani Satu sank, SAR
General cargo vessel Kiani Satu sank some 70 miles off grounding site in Walker Bay, SAR, on Aug 19. Vessel was refloated on Aug 17, surveyed, and found total loss. It was decided to tow vessel further to sea and let it sink, after pumping out all fuel on board, some 300 tons of heavy fuel oil. Vessel however, sank before salvors managed to pump out all fuel. Vessel sank on 1000-meters depth.
General cargo vessel Kiani Satu refloated, SAR
General cargo vessel Kiani Satu was refloated on Aug 17 at 11:20 LT, reported SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa). During the week salvors moved vessel towards the sea, and managed to drag her off the sandbank in the morning Aug 17. Vessel is to be taken 10 miles off the shore and anchored, for survey and further salvage. There are 12 salvors on board, said Samsa.
German freighter Kiani Satu aground, crew evacuated, SAR
German general cargo vessel Kiani Satu issued emergency signal at around 0300 LT Aug 8 13 reporting risk of running aground in Walker Bay, 130 nautical miles west of Port Elizabeth, 220 miles east of Cape Town, SAR. Later vessel ran aground in rough weather, reportedly after experiencing engine problem. Vessel dropped an anchor, but was dragged ashore by strong wind and waves. The tug which was sent to assist the vessel, wasnt able to refloat Kiani Satu, mainly due to adverse weather conditions. The Captain of the vessel requested an evacuation, finding situation dangerous for the crew. Crew was airlifted by helicopters, at 1002 LT all 19 crew were safe on shore. The crew uncludes Ukrainian and Filipino nationalities. Vessel was en route from Ho Chin Minh Vietnam, to Gabon, with cargo of rice. Photo provided by Sea Rescue SAR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/searescue/
General cargo vessel Kiani Satu, IMO 9149811, dwt 16717, built 1997, flag Antigua, manager ESMERALDA SCHIFFAHRTS.

August 8
German tall ship Falado von Rhodos sank off Iceland
Icelandic Coast Guard received distress signal from German tall ship Falado von Rhodos shortly after 23:00 LT Aug 8 13. The ship which was 17 nautical miles west Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland, reported water ingress in rough weather with sea up to 12 meters high. Rescue boat took on board 12 crew and passengers of the tall ship, shortly after rescue Falado von Rhodos sank. There were four adult crew and 8 children aged 11-15 from Ulm, no injures reported. All 12 are now under the care of a German embassy.
Report based on the news published by Iceland review and Vesseltracker.com. On a photo from http://visir.is Farado von Rhodos in Iceland.
Tall ship Falado von Rhodos, MMSI 211289060, overall length 23 meters, breadth 4.8 meters, draught 2.6 meters, Rigging: brigantine, built 1968 Rhodos, Greece, flag Germany.

August 9
Estonian tall ship Blue Sirius drifting half-submerged, Baltic sea
Oldest Estonian tall ship, schooner Blue Sirius, ran aground off Aegna Island, Baltic sea, Estonia, late at night Aug 9 13, reported news agency Delfi delfi.lt. Ship reported water ingress and requested evacuation, by 23:55 LT all 11 persons who were on board were evacuated, among them 4 children. No injures reported. Vessel reportedly refloated by itself and is drifting being half-submerged, with heavy list starboard. See all full-scale photos at http://ru.delfi.lt/abroad/global/foto-starejshij-estonskij-parusnik-sel-na-mel.d?id=62050053#dgsee-114586:7FAB92AZa-EAVjroki-d9j
Tall ship Blue Sirius, MMSI 276668000, length overall 27 meters, breadth 5 meters, rigging schooner, built 1907 Norway, flag Estonia.

August 10
Abandoned Chinese freighter Yuan Heng found off Manila
August 10: Authorities were alerted by local fishermen who reported an abandoned Chinese vessel, anchored or stranded off the coast of Malolos, Bulacan province, Pamarawan area, just 13 nautical miles NW of Manila. ABS-CBN News in a video footage showed stranded vessel describing it as a Cambodian flagged tanker under the name of Yuan Heng. According to papers found on board, vessel is owned by S-American Far Eastern Shipping Company and operated by Shandong Jinghai Industrial Group. From the look of the vessel in the video, it is definitely not a tanker, but a general cargo vessel. General cargo vessel Yuan Heng, IMO 8217790, dwt 1598, built 1983, flag Cambodia. Last AIS signal dated 19.6.2010, East China Sea.
Yuan Heng was caught in typhoon Labuyo, anchore was dragged, and vessel ran aground. It was found out, that vessel was abandoned by the owner due to insolvency.

August 12
PSV Ramco Crusader sank after fire, Brazil
PSV Ramco Crusader sank on Aug 12 13 some 40 miles off Brazilian Ceara State coast 6 hours after the fire erupted in engine room, reported vesseltracker.com. Fire started at about 15:00 LT. 15 crew was evacuated, no injures reported. Vessel was working on a 5-year contract for Petrobras, at the time of an accident Ramco Crusader was serving semi-submersible rig Ocean Courage.
Offshore tug supply vessel Ramco Crusader, IMO 8200620, dwt 2450, built 1983, flag Bahamas, manager VESTLAND MARINE SP Z OO, Poland.

August 14
Bulk carrier Trans Summer sank off Hong Kong in Typhoon Utor
Bulk carrier Trans Summer reportedly sank on Aug 14 13 caught in Typhoon Utor some 45 nautical miles southwest of Hong Kong. On Aug 13 according to AIS vessel was anchored on Hong Kong anchorage, with port of Yang Jiang shown as destination. Reportedly vessel was loaded with nickel ore. 21 crew saved by rescue helicopters.
Bulk carrier Trans Summer, IMO 9615468, dwt 56824, built 2012, flag Hong Kong, manager AMOYSAILING MARITIME CO LTD, Xiamen, China.

August 14
INS Sindhurakshak explosion most probably was caused by hydrogen gas
Explosion on Indian submarine INS Sindhurakshak was caused, most probably, by generated hydrogen gas which was emitting from electric batteries, one of the main causes of explosions on board of diesel electric submarines. The crew should strictly check hydrogen content, its a routine procedure. From time to time, due to a number of reasons, crew fails to check hydrogen content, and certain percentage of hydrogen in air makes atmosphere self-explosive. Most wide-spread reason of failure to check and control hydrogen emission and content, is crews negligence.
Another submarine of the same Kilo-Class, INS Sindhuratna, was damaged by explosion or explosions, but whether by own explosions, or by explosions of nearby INS Sindhurakshak, is unclear. The scale of the damages remains unknown.
INS Sindhurakshak sank along the pier, with part of the ship staying above the water. The number of sailors trapped on board of INS Sindhurakshak is still unknown. Some media say the total number of the crew on board was 18, some say 18 crew got trapped, while others managed to escape.
INS Sindhuratna S59 built in 1988, in Russia. Refitted to project 08773 2001-2003 at Zvezdochka shipyard.
Previous news:
Explosion and fire on submarine on INS Sindhurakshak, Mumbai
Indian diesel-electric submarine INS Sindhurakshak suffered a huge explosion and ensuing fire early in the morning Aug 14 13, while docked at the high security naval dockyard in Mumbai, write Indian The Times of India. The blast followed by a fire occurred shortly after midnight on the INS Sindhurakshak submarine. Many sailors on board the submarine reportedly jumped off to safety. "However, there is likelihood of some personnel being trapped inside. The details are being ascertained," an official defence ministry statement issued at 3.15am said. Some injured sailors have been rushed to naval hospital. The cause of the explosion and blaze, as well as the extent of damage to the submarine and naval properties, is still not known. At least 16 firefighting teams were engaged in fire fighting, they said by 03:00 LT fire was put under control and prevented from spreading to other vessels docked in the vicinity. The smoke emanating from the dock could be seen in many parts of south Mumbai.
INS Sindhurakshak was ordered by Indian Navy and built in S-Petersburg, Russia, in 1995, the ship was commissioned in 1997. INS Sindhurakshak is a diesel-electric submarine of Kilo Class, Project 08773. In August 2010, INS Sindhurakshak arrived at Zvezdochka shipyard in Russia, for an overhaul and upgrade.The submarine has been modernized and repaired, all works were completed by October 2012. Displacement: 2325 tons surfaced; 3076 tons dived.
Length: 72.6 m
Crew 52, incl 13 officers.
Armament missiles and torpedoes.
Speed 10 knots surfaced; 17 knots submerged.

August 14
Love Boat capsizing in Aliaga, Turkey
August 14: Famous Love Boat, now ACIF (ex SEA VENTURE, PACIFIC PRINCESS, PACIFIC), is in danger of capsizing as the ship continues to hemorrhage at a scrap yard in Aliaga, Turkey, reported maritimematters.com. The crippled vessel barely made it to to the breakers beach after taking on water during a tow from Genoa, Italy, arriving on August 6. On Aug 12 two workers were killed and six injured by asphyxiation from gas exhaust due to a leaking sewage line during efforts to pump the flooded engine room. The 19,903 gt, 600 passenger PACIFIC (ex SEA VENTURE, PACIFIC PRINCESS) has been sold for 2.5 million Euros to the Turkish company Cemsan, which specializes in ship breaking. Between 1975 and 2002, she was Princess Cruises first PACIFIC PRINCESS and rose to fame as the official Love Boat on the US television series that ran from 1976 through 1986. The Love Boat and the PACIFIC PRINCESS are largely credited for stimulating international interest in cruising into what it is today.
Source: maritimematters.com
See all full-scale photos and read full story at http://maritimematters.com/2013/08/ex-pacific-princess-heeling-over/
Cruise liner Pacific Princess, IMO 7018563, 20636 gt, built 1971, capacity 640 passengers, crew 350.

August 16
Ferry St. Thomas of Aquinas disaster
Latest update September 6, 2013:
Rescued - 750
Casualties - 112
Still Missing 25
Comment:
It seems like both vessels are guilty in the collision. Even the courses of the vessels prior to collision are not clear yet, but most information point at ferry as the vessel which was to give the way for the freighter. According to ferry operator, master of the ferry asked freighter to slow down and let the ferry cross freighters course ahead of freighters bow. Ferry couldnt turn right or left to give the way to freighter, as required by COLREG, because of shallow waters, said operator (why not slow down, then?). Freighter didnt react and struck the ferry starboard.
Freighter operator said in his turn, there the ferry didnt communicate. The ferry was to give way to freighter, freighter was to maintain its course and speed, but according to COLREG, it doesnt release the freighter from the responsibility of avoiding collision by changing course or reducing/increasing speed if an opposite vessel doesnt manoeuvre.
Both ways, both vessels are guilty in what happened, maybe with different shares of guilt, but both sides are to be blamed. Information which is available, so far, defines a classic case of a collision between two vessels proceeding on opposite courses, due to mainly, negligence and inefficiency of officers of both vessels.
Voytenko Mikhail
Ferry St. Thomas of Aquinas collided with general cargo vessel Sulpicio Express Siete (7) at about 2100 LT Aug 16 13 off the coast of Cebu province, between ports of Talisay and Cordova. Vessels collided in the dark, people were jumping overboard from sinking St. Thomas of Aquinas. Hundreds were rescued mainly thanks to the efforts of local fishermen and boaters, who rushed to the scene in dozens. Sulpicio Express Siete also took part in rescue. Ferry left Talisay bound for Manila. Sulpicio Express Siete was en route to Davao, or from Davao.
Passenger ro-ro vessel St. Thomas of Aquinas, IMO 7304663, 11405 gt, built 1973, flag Philippines, manager ABOITIZ TRANSPORT SYSTEM.
General cargo vessel Sulpicio Express 7, IMO 7724344, dwt 11464, built 1981, flag Philippines, manager PHILIPPINE SPAN ASIA CARRIER.

August 18
Livestock carrier Estancia on fire off Berbera
Fire broke out on board of livestock carrier Estancia, anchored off Berbera, Somali Federal Republic, Gulf of Aden, at about 08:00 Aug 18 13, reported vesseltracker.com. According to correspondent, there are no attempts to fight the fire, crew evacuated. Hope there wasnt cattle on board, as for the vessel, there is no pity for those floating torture cages. Livestock carrier Estancia, IMO 7404944, 2199 gt, built 1975, flag Togo, manager AL FAHED SHIPPING SA, Syria.
August 19
Capesize bulk carrier Smart in full load ran aground and broke in two, Richards Bay
Greek capesize bulk carrier Smart ran aground on a sandbank off Richards Bay entrance channel at 14:10 LT Aug 19 13, reported NSRI, SAR. Vessel loaded with 147 650 tons of coal left Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) just before 13:30 with pilot on board. Vessel was bound for Fangcheng, China. Reportedly, Smart ran aground due to mechanical failure, in adverse weather condition with strong wind and sea. Tugs tried to pull vessel free, but failed. At about 16:00 cracks in a hull in middle section area emerged, vessel actually broke in two, and master requested an evacuation. 23 crew was airlifted by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) helicopter, no injures reported. Vessel is stranded off the channel, but traffic is temporarily suspended. Nationalities of the crew unknown.
All picture full-sized can be viewed at: NSRI Flickr Page http://www.flickr.com/photos/searescue/
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Bulk carrier Smart, IMO 9137959, dwt 151279, built 1996, flag Panama, manager UNIMAR SUCCESS SA, Greece.
The aft section of the bulk carrier Smart was towed outside Richards Bay on a weekend 5-6 Oct and sunk some 28 miles off the bay, stripped off all pollutants. The fore section is still in Richards Bay, removing of the fore section is more demanding, because the holds are flooded, coal turned into some kind of pulp and is to be pumped out with submersible pumps.

August 22
Chinese freighter An Shun Da 8 sank in Trami storm, China
General cargo vessel An Shun Da 8 reportedly sank on Aug 22 13 caught in tropical storm Trami, in Fujian province waters, China, Taiwan Strait. Vessel left Zhangzhou on Aug 21, bound for Xia Bai Shi. Unknown number of crew rescued, six are missing. No other details available. General cargo vessel An Shun Da 8, MMSI 413590290, length 89 meters, flag China.
August 23
Freighter Varua Vaikava abandoned and adrift off Easter Island, South Pacific
General cargo vessel Varua Vaikava abandoned and adrift some 200 nautical miles off Easter Island, last know position 05:00 UTC Aug 23 was 27 35S 105 37W. Vessel left Valparaiso on 9.8.13, bound for Isla de Pascua (Easter Island). No other details available.
General cargo vessel Varua Vaikava, IMO 7424023, dwt 795, built 1976, flag Chile, manager GV NAVIERA.

August 22-24
Two ferry disasters in Indonesia in the same area in two days
Ferry Express Bahari 8C caught fire on Aug 22 13 after midday while sailing from Bangka island to Belitung island off Sumatra, Java sea. At least 184 people were rescued, 7 are listed as missing, search and rescues continues, said local authorities.
Another ferry Sandar Jaya capsized shortly after 08:00 LT on Aug 24 in the same area. 21 people were rescued, 4 dead found, exact number of people on board unknown. Search and rescue under way.
Ferry Express Bahari 8C, some 250 gt, flag Indonesia, manager SAKTI INTI MAKMUR, Palembang.
No data found on ferry Sandar Jaya.
August 31
Coastal tanker Kit 57 sank after fire, Singapore Strait
Coastal tanker Kit 57 caught fire on Aug 31 13 one nautical mile south of Pulau Mungging island, Singapore Strait. Vessel was moored to another tanker, Sakses Satria 1 in STS transfer. 18 crew went to Sakses Satria 1 and cut the mooring lines off, two of them were injured and later taken to hospital. In the afternoon same day Kit 57 sank. Another tanker is either Sakses Satria 1, or Success Satria 1, most probably the latter.
Tanker Kit 57, IMO 8032217, dwt 600, built 1980, flag unknown (reportedly Singapore).
Tanker Success Satria 1, IMO 7809431, dwt 1604, built 1979, flag Malaysia.
September 12
General cargo vessel Pasha capsized in Narli
General cargo vessel Pasha capsized in the evening Sep 12 13 in Narli at local pier after being towed to Narli with heavy list on the same day. Vessel rested on the bottom starboard, with half of the hull staying above the water. Video of the capsized Pasha. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvjjDAq01CI
Previous news:
Freighter Pasha heavily listed approaching Dardanelles in Marmara sea
September 13, 2013
General cargo vessel Pasha issued distress signal at around 1519 LT Sep 12 13, reporting heavy lift starboard due to cargo shift. Vessel was in Marmara sea off Dardanelles, en route from Turkey to Lebanon. Vessel was escorted or towed to a refuge and anchored off Narli, salvage contract was signed on Sep 13. On a photo from Turkish Maritime Agency distressed Pasha.
General cargo vessel Pasha, IMO 7117979, dwt 1150, built 1971, flag Tanzania, manager ALERIA SHIPPING AS, Turkey.

September 15
f/v TG 92819 TS sank after collision with m/v Sima Sapphire, 8 missing, Vietnam
Sima Sapphires Captain and two officers to be prosecuted
The crew of container ship Sima Sapphire, which collided a Vietnamese fishing vessel leaving 3 deaths and 5 missing, will be prosecuted. The Vung Tau Maritime Port Administartion said recovery of data from the black box incriminates the ship's captain and two crew members, who now are under investigation. The collision threw all 16 fishermen to the sea, of whom 8 were rescued by the Singaporean ship. The Singaporean cargo ship will now have to compensate each of the families of the victims who died in the collision off Vung Tau City with US$4,000 each and fishermen who were rescued in the accident with $500 each, said Le Thanh Liem, a representative of the Singaporean ship.
saigon-gpdaily.com.vn
collision news:
f/v TG 92819 TS sank after collision with m/v Sima Sapphire, 8 missing, Vietnam
September 16, 2013
Container ship Sima Sapphire collided with Vietnamese fishing vessel TG 92819 TS at 2200 UTC Sep 15 13 in position 09 25.5N 107 12.7E, 55 nautical miles almost due south of Vung Tau, Vietnam. There were 16 people on board of fishing vessel, 8 were rescued by reportedly, Sima Sapphire, 8 went missing. Body of one of the missing was later found. Sima Sapphire was en route from Ho Chi Min to Port Klang, but after collision was directed to Vung Tau.
Container ship Sima Sapphire, IMO 9330903, dwt 20291, capacity 1440 TEU, built 2006, flag Singapore, manager IMATECH SHIPPING & FORWARDING L.L.C., UAE.


September 27
Freighters Jia Hui and Dai 18 Eifukumaru collided off Tokyo
Chinese crew arrested over collision
Japan's coastguard said on Sep 30 13 it had arrested a Chinese crew member of general cargo vessel Jia Hui over a collision with a Japanese general cargo vessel Eifuku Maru No. 18 that left five people dead and one missing. Xia Hong-bo (35) was on duty when Jia Hui collided with Eifuku Maru No. 18 on Sep 27, the official said.
Collision news:
Freighters Jia Hui and Dai 18 Eifukumaru collided off Tokyo, 5 dead, 1 missing
Chinese and Japanes general cargo vessels Jia Hui and Dai 18 Eifukumaru collided early in the morning Sep 27 13 some 7 nautical miles west of Oshima Island, south of Tokyo, Japan west coast. Japanese freighter apparently was struck by a Chinese freighter. Dai 18 Eifukumaru capsized and according to photos, is still afloat drifting. Of 6 crew 5 were found dead, 1 is missing. Dai 18 Eifukumaru was en route from Nagoya to Ichikawa, Jia Hui was en route from Kawasaki to Busan, South Korea. Damages to Jia Hui bow can be seen on pics.
General cargo vessel Jia Hui, IMO 8660911, dwt 5195, built 2005, flag Sierra-Leone, manager NINGHAI ZHONG HE SHIPPING CO, China.
General cargo vessel Dai 18 Eifukumaru, MMSI 431002296, 498 gt(?), flag Japan.

October 3
Luxury yacht Seafaris sank engulfed in fire, Australia
Luxury yacht Seafaris caught fire in Cow Bay, 50 nautical miles north of Cairns, Australian eastern coast, at about 0600 LT Oct 3 13. All those on board 8 passengers and 8 crew had to leave the yacht in great hurry, as the Seafaris was engulfed in flames and sank literally in minutes. By 0730 people were picked up by a passing container ship which responded to distress call and coast guard directions. The container ship took the yachts passengers and crew to Cairns, where they were met by police and paramedics, writes Brisbane Times. The Seafaris was used for luxury charters for high end tourists along the Queensland coast. It is owned by the McCloy Group, which has refused to comment.
Luxury yacht Seafaris, MMSI 503497000, length 41 meters, flag Australia, owner/manager McCloy Group, yacht website http://www.seafarisaustralia.com.au/
Accommodation
1 x Master suite with king bed, study, en suite marble bathroom
4 x King cabins (two cabins convert to twins) each with en suite bathroom
Features
Gymnasium, Library, Cinema, Hydrotherapy Spa, Cocktail Bar, Jet ski, Two Jet Tenders.
Speed (max/cruise) 20/15 knots

October 7
Offshore guard vessel Maria sank in collision, North Sea
At around 0130 LT Oct 7 13 trawler Vertrouwen- TX 68 collided with offshore guard vessel Maria some 24 miles southwest of Dutch port Den Helder, North Sea. Maria sank in some 20 minutes at 25-30 meters depth, 2 of 5 crew rescued, 3 are missing. Fishermen aboard trawler said they saw all five Maria crew with life jackets on, after collision. Three missing could still be alive, because the water is relatively warm, around 16C. Missing crew are not Dutch. Search under way, divers are engaged, because those missing may be trapped inside. Cause of the collision still unknown.
Offshore guard vessel Maria, IMO 5205435, 154 gt, built 1948, flag ?, manager Rederij Groen, Netherlands. Vessel was deployed in guarding oil rig platform some 20 miles off Den Helder.
Fishing vessel Vertrouwen- TX 68, IMO 9065455, 438 gt, built 1993, flag Netherlands.


October 11
Abandoned ferry Spirit of Fiji Islands on fire and drifting, Philippine sea
Ferry Spirit of Fiji Islands reported on fire, 19 crew abandoning the vessel, at 2320 UTC Oct 11 13. Abandoned ferry was reported on fire and drifting in 19 48N 121 57E, Luzon Strait, at 0330 UTC Oct 12. Details unknown. Most probably, vessel was sailing either to some Asian ship repair yard for repairs, or to demolition site.
Photo Spirit of Fiji Islands Ferry By Henry & Tersia, http://www.flickr.com
Passenger ro-ro vessel Spirit of Fiji Islands, IMO 6817675, 4421 gt, built 1968, flag Fiji.

October 12
Taiwanese freighter Bingo sunk by cyclone Phalin, Bay of Bengal
Indian media reported that general cargo vessel Bingo is believed to have sunk when caught in cyclone Phalin. Indian Coast Guard received emergency call at around 1830 LT on Oct 12 13 and sent ICGS Vajra to assist. Bingo was spotted some 19 nautical miles south of Sagar Island, West Bengal, Bay of Bengal, in a very poor condition with 45 degrees starboard list. Due to extremely strong wind and heavy sea, Vajra failed to rescue the crew which already left the vessel and went into life raft, and later lost contact with the raft. Crew comprises 17 Chinese and 1 Myanmar nationalities. Vessel presumably sank at a depth of some 8-11 meters, Search and Rescue operation is still under way, patrol planes are egnaged. Vessel loaded with 8000 tons of iron ore most probably, sank due to cargo shift.
General cargo vessel Bingo, IMO 9385520, dwt 8733, built 2007, flag Panama, manager WISDOM MARINE LINES SA, Taiwan.
Crew of sunken merchant vessel rescued in Odisha
The missing crew of the China-bound merchant vessel, who were located on Sunday night by the Coast Guard, were rescued early on Monday (Oct. 14) in Odisha's Balasore district. The 18-member crew of the Panama-registered MV Bingo was rescued 28 nautical miles northeast of Balasore. They were escorted to the Balasore police station, a Coast Guard spokesperson said.

October 13
Fire on board of Taiwanese bulk carrier Super Sun
Fire engulfed the superstructure of the bulk carrier Super Sun off Yangtze estuary on Oct 13 13. Vessel is loaded with timber. Crew evacuated to rescue boats, fire was extinguished by firefighting boats and tugs. Cargo stayed intact. At the time of an accident vessel was positioned on outer road, either moving or anchored. Video of Super Sun on fire.
Bulk carrier Super Sun, IMO 8122969, dwt 18791, built 1982, flag Panama, manager JUI ZONG SHIP MANAGEMENT CO. LTD, Taiwan.



October 15
Chinese freighter Cheng Lu 15 sank off Pohang
Chinese general cargo vessel Cheng Lu 15 sank on Oct 15 13 in the evening some 0.5 nautical miles off South Korean Pohang ports northeast breakwater, in a severe storm. Vessel reportedly was anchored on outer road, anchor dragged, vessel drifted and hit either bottom, or breakwater, its not clear at the moment. Rescue operation was hampered by adverse weather. Latest news said 8 crew were rescued, 8 confirmed dead with their bodies recovered, among them the captain, and 3 are still missing. 19 crew included 18 Chinese and 1 Vietnamese nationalities.
General cargo vessel Cheng Lu 15, IMO 9507128, dwt 13567, built 2008, flag Panama, manager HONG KONG CHENGLU INTL SHIP - Zhoushan,Zhejiang China.

October 15
Tanker Yong Win 3 sank off Taiwan
Tanker Yong Win 3 sank late Oct 15 13 some 35 nautical miles southwest of Little Liouchiou, an islet off southwestern Taiwan. Tanker developed a heavy list and actually, capsized, reason unknown. Crew rescued. Tanker is loaded with more than 5000 tons of diesel fuel. Coast Guard is on alert for possible oil leaks, none were spotted so far.
Chemical tanker Yong Win 3, IMO 8903947, dwt 11628, built 1993, flag Honduras, manager ARGO SYSTEMS FZE, UAE.

October 20
Crane vessel Wealthy Globe on fire, Vietnam
A crane vessel Wealthy Globe caught fire at around 1730 LT Oct 20 13, on a Front Beach in Vung Tau, Vietnam. Vessel grounded on Front Beach on July 15 2010, drifting there from Ho Chi Minh City anchorage after anchor chain broke. At the time of the fire there were 31 people on board, including 3 Vietnamese, 12 Burmese, 13 Thais, and 3 Hong Kong technical specialists, reported Tuoitrenews.vn News Agency. Fire was caused by welding works. All 31 persons were evacuated, no injures reported. Late at night Oct 20 vessel was still ablaze, firefighters fearing possible explosions of some 80 acetylene cylinders, which were on board.
Crane vessel Wealthy Globe, IMO 6522646, dwt 41011, built 1965, crane capacity 5,000 tons.

October 28
Major collision in Kiel Canal, m/v Siderfly grounded to avoid capsizing, Canal closed
At 0300 LT Oct 28 13 LPG tanker Coral Ivory collided with general cargo vessel Siderfly in Kiel Canal near Kudensee. Tanker reportedly didnt suffer any damages except maybe bulbous bow, freighter got two big holes portside 3x5 meters, with ensuing water ingress. Freighter listed 45 degrees portside and was grounded at the embankment to avoid capsizing. As it is seen on photos from KN-Online edition, vessel is actually kept stable by tugs. Salvage under way. Kiel Canal is closed. Reportedly fuel is leaking from Siderfly, vessel is surrounded by booms. Siderfly loaded with fertilizer was en route from Brunsbuettel to Antwerpen, 9 crew is of Russian and Ukrainian nationalities. Coral Ivory loaded with fertilizer is en route from Brunsbuettel to Finland. 19 crew includes Dutch captain and 18 sailors of Russian and Ukrainian nationalities.
General cargo vessel Siderfly, IMO 8412405, dwt 4380, built 1985, flag St. Vincent, manager EESTINOVA OU, Estonia.
LPG tanker Coral Ivory, IMO 9207039, dwt 6875, built 2000, flag Netherlands, manager VEDER CHARTERING BV.

October 30
Ro-ro Fernanda fire, Iceland
Nov 8: Vessel burned out but stayed afloat, she was towed back to Hafnarfjordur, to be sold to shipbreakers.
Nov 2: Ro-ro Fernanda was towed to Hafnarfjordur , Reykjavik to put out the fire. It didnt come out that way, fire was much stronger than estimated, firefighters werent able put the fire under control. Smoke was so heavy locals had to close their windows, so finally, it was decided to tow Fernanda back to sea and let her burn out there.
Ro-ro Fernanda issued distress call in the afternoon Oct 30 13 reporting fire on board and requesting assistance, in the vicinity of Vestmannaeyjar island, south of Iceland. Fire started in engine room and spread further in superstructure. 11 crew was evacuated by Icelandic Coast Guard helicopter, no injures reported. CG salvage vessel Thor reached the site and commenced firefighting. As of afternoon Oct 31 Thor was in Heimaey harbor, Vestmannaeyjar island. Reportedly fire was put under control, and vessel could be towed to safety after assessment of her condition and possible risks. Photos by Icelandic Coast Guard.
Ro-ro Fernanda, IMO 7806025, 2576 gt, built 1981, flag Dominica, manager NORFOS SHIPPING LTD, Estonia.

November 02
Coastal freighter Stella sank in Aegean sea, Captain missing
Coastal freighter Stella issued distress signal on Nov 2 13, vessel was some 19 nautical miles west of Karpathos Island, Greece, Aegean sea. Vessel with 6 crew on board was ballasting from Aliaga Turkey to Cyprus. 5 crew were rescued from a life boat, captain is missing, all crew is believed to be Georgian. 5 rescued are safe and sound. Reason of the sinking unknown.
General cargo vessel Stella, IMO 6727296, dwt 284, built 1967, flag Sierra Leone.

November 05
Luxury yacht Kahu burned out and sank, Isle of Wight
Fire erupted on board of a luxury motor yacht Kahu in East Cowes Marina, Isle of Wight, on Nov 5 13. Yacht is understood to be unmanned and put up for sale at a price of $5,650,000. Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue crews were fighting fire during afternoon and late into the evening, but failed to take fire under control. Vessel burned out and sank along the pier, being a total loss. Two photos taken from local media websites, more to be found at http://www.islandecho.co.uk http://www.heart.co.uk
Motor yacht Kahu, MMSI 235089726, length 23 meters, flag UK.

November 05
m/v Hang Sheng 18 sank after collision with boxship OOCL Southampton off Hong Kong
Boxship OOCL Southampton collided with Chinese cargo vessel near Hong Kong some 6 miles off the coast in the morning Nov 5 13. Chinese vessel, presumably under the name of Hang Sheng 18, sank after collision, 12 crew rescued by vessels in the vicinity. Oil stain of some 2000 by 100 meters reported spotted in the area, believed to be oil leaking from Hang Sheng 18. OOCL Southampton proceeded to Lamma Anchorage. Vessel left Hong Kong on Nov 6 bound for Singapore.
Container ship OOCL Southampton, IMO 9310240, dwt 99678, capacity 8063 TEU, built 2007, flag Hong Kong, manager ORIENT OVERSEAS CONTAINER LINE, HK.
November 05
Offshore tug Gudri capsized while refloating LPG tanker, Bonni, Nigeria
Offshore tug Gudri capsized in Bonny river estuary, Nigeria, on Nov 5 13, while trying to refloat LPG tanker. As can be seen on photo, tug was pulling the tanker, most probably tow line went perpendicular while pull was at maximum. Vessel is resting portside on the bottom, partially above the waterline. Fate of the crew unknown.
Photos from http://www.tugspotters.com/site/content/2013/11/gudri-ex-typhoon-gekapseisd/ Reynaert | Willem Smidt
Offshore tug Gudri, IMO 7515365, dwt 1165, built 1976, flag Panama, manager JAMPUR INTERNATIONAL FZE, UAE.

November 07
Boxship Heung-A Dargon sank after collision with bulk carrier Eleni, Vietnam
Container ship Heung-A Dragon collided with bulk carrier Eleni in the evening Nov 7 13 off Vung Tau, Vietnam, or to be more correct, was hit by a bulk carrier portside, with massive water ingress in cargo holds area. 19 crew was rescued, no injures reported. Vessel is partially above the water, i.e she rests portside in shallow waters, maybe was taken to shallows on purpose. Some containers broke free, recovery under way. Eleni is anchored on Vung Tau road. Heung-A Dragon was en route from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City. Eleni was leaving Vung Tau. Elenis crew was 20 Bangladeshi in January 13. photos taken from thanhnien.com.vn
Container ship Heung-A Dragon, IMO 9180023, dwt 18181, capacity 1032 TEU, built 1998, flag South Korea, manager HAS MANAGEMENT CO LTD, Busan.
Bulk carrier Eleni, IMO 9460277, dwt 33717, built 2010, flag Marshall Islands, manager EMPIRE BULKERS LTD, Greece.

November 10
General cargo vessel Shu Hang 998 sunk by typhoon, South-China sea
General cargo vessel Shu Hang 998 sank in Sanya port, Hainan Island, China, during typhoon Haiyan passage, in the afternoon Nov 10 13. The circumstances of the disaster remain unclear, vessel reportedly was moored or in the process of berthing, mooring lines snapped, and probably, vessel drifted away driven by strong wind. Sanya port is open in western direction. Two dead bodies were found, five crewmen are still missing.
General cargo vessel Shu Hang 998, MMSI 413501870, length 53 meters, flag China.
November 9
m/v Andrea Princess one more Yolanda victim
General cargo vessel Andrea Princess was caught in typhoon Yolanda on Nov 9 13 on Ando Island anchorage, Borongan, Eastern Samar, where she was trying to shelter from the typhoon. Vessel with heavy list drifted and ran aground, presumably after anchor was dragged or chain broke up. Chief officer and one of the crew died, five more went missing, fifteen were rescued by Coast Guard. Photo provided by Ron Halliday.
General cargo vessel Andrea Princess, IMO 8629993, dwt 1351, built 1977, flag Philippines.

November 20
Dadimar Dos sank after the fire north of Capo Verde
At 1137 LT Nov 20 13 MRCC Madrid received an emergency signal from fishing vessel Dadimar Dos, reporting fire on board and requesting assistance. Vessel was in the Atlanctic, 400 miles north of Capo Verde. There was a leak, too, so 10 crew abandoned the vessel and went into life rafts. Nearest fishing vessels Tania Maria and Midi Hong Kong were requested two assist, theyve been directed by plane helicopters. Tania Maria rescued the crew, no injures reported. Dadimar Dos sank. Fishing vessel Dadimar Dos, MMSI 224108130, length 22 meters, 181 gt, built 1996, flag Spain.
November 25-26
Cargo vessels Xing Long Zhou 65 and Zihai Shun sank in East China sea
Two cargo vessels sank in East China Sea in Shandong Province waters during a strong storm.
General cargo vessel Xing Long Zhou 65 sank off Yantai in the evening Nov 25 13, with reportedly 12 persons on board. 3 confirmed dead, 9 missing. Vessel was loaded with cargo of stone.
Cargo vessel Zihai Shun sank at around 0300 LT Nov 26 13 off Weihai. Reportedly there were 14 people on board, 9 confirmed dead, 5 missing. No data found on the vessel.
General cargo vessel Xing Long Zhou 65, MMSI 412439770, length 88 meters, flag China.
November 26
Two tankers and a bulk carrier grounded by storm, Ulsan
Three vessel were grounded by a strong storm on Ulsan road, Korea, Japan sea, early in the morning Nov 26 13. Tanker Bum Jin 5 reportedly suffered breaches in the hull, damages of other vessels unknown. Crews are in no danger, though some or all of the crew of Bum Jin 5 abandoned the vessel after grounding, with the help of Korean rescuers. It looks like theyd be more safe if they stay on board.
Chemical tanker CS Crane, IMO 9366926, dwt 11347, built 2007, flag Panama, manager DORIKO LTD, South Korea.
Product tanker Bum Jin No.5, IMO 9168374, dwt 3565, built 1997, flag Korea, manager BUM JIN SHIPPING, Korea.
Bulk carrier Zhou Hang 2, IMO 9640372, dwt 6653, built 2012, flag China, manager ZHEJIANG HUALE OCEAN SHPG CO.

November 27
Tanker Theresa Bitung on fire, crew rescued, South China Sea
Product tanker Theresa Bitung caught fire in South China Sea at around midday Nov 27 13, fire started either in engine room or in superstructure, and spread further. Tanker was ballasting from China to Singapore, distress signal was issued from vicinity 09 35N 111 38E, SW of Spratly Islands. Vessel issued distress signal reporting 26 crew moving to lifeboats. MRCC Hainan coordinated rescue operation, directing to site one of the vessels in the area, Greek bulk carrier Maiden Voyage (IMO 9552343, dwt 58722, manager Starbulk). Maiden Voyage picked up the crew several hours later and will deliver them to HK. No injures reported, it is understood that abandoned tanker is on fire and drifting.
Product tanker Theresa Bitung, IMO 8618229, dwt 29995, built 1989, flag Tuvalu, manager RAFFLES SHIPMANAGEMENT SERVICES PRIVATE LTD, Singapore.
At 0015 UTC Nov 29 vessel was drifting in position 08 32.67N 111 25.57E, condition unknown, most probably still on fire.
Tanker Theresa Bitung at 0800 UTC Dec 2 13 was in position 06 17.5N 109 02.5E, vessel drifted some 250 nautical miles in southern direction from the position she reported fire, Nov 27. Condition of the vessel unknown.

November 30
Cruiser liner Ocean Countess on fire, Greece
Cruiser liner Ocean Countess on fire in Chalkis Shipyard, Khalkis, Greece, Aegean sea. A witness of the fire, Mr. Vitaliy Tsylke, whos serving on board of nearby cruise liner Golden Iris (IMO 7358573 sister-ship of Ocean Countess), sent to Maritime Bulletin short description of the accident and photos. According to him fire started at around 1000-1030 LT Nov 30 13 and as of 1500 LT Dec 1 was still raging. 5 crew which were on board are safe. Many firefighters engaged, including tugs with water cannons, but to no avail yet, fire still out of control. Vessel burned out, reportedly recognized as total loss to be scrapped.
See all pics full-scale at http://www.odin.tc/newsru/read.asp?articleID=2601
Cruise liner Ocean Countess, IMO 7358561, 17593 gt, built 1976, flag Portugal. Capacity 800 passengers, crew 350.


December 11
Notorious freighter Nour M capsized in Rhodes
Notorious general cargo vessel Nour M capsized in port of Rhodes on Dec 11 13 in a stormy weather. Vessel was moored to a berth open to sea and wind from a direction storm came from, waves and wind battered her against berth until she capsized portside and rested partially on pier wall and partially on the bottom. Photos and pics taken from local media.
Previous news:
Nour M containers offloaded
Posted on November 13, 2013
Greek Coast Guard reported the offloading of containers from m/v Nour M, which commenced on Nov 13. The offloading was to be completed by the evening Nov 13. Earlier CG said, that arms were found in 8 containers. According to Ukrainian officials, vessel was carrying a shipment of arms and ammunition destined for Libya, under a fully legal contract. The shipment, in accordance with the terms of transportation contract, became a Libyan property from the moment it was loaded on board (FOB). Lebanese freighter Nour M intercepted in Greek waters with shipment of arms on board Posted on November 8, 2013
Media is reporting interception of a Lebanese general cargo vessel Nour M on Nov 8 13 in Aegean sea, with a shipment of arms and explosives on board, referring to information issued by Greek authorities. Vessel underway was intercepted in Greek waters off Sami island, and taken to Rhodos port for investigation. Some 20,000 AK-47 assault rifles and explosives were found, according to media.
Destination of arms remains unclear. According to marinetraffic.com AIS data, vessel was bound for Tripoli. Vesseltracker.com AIS info left destination position blank. Vessel departed from Nikolaev port, Ukraine, on Oct 25, next stop was Istanbul, where vessel stayed from Oct 30 until Nov 3. The question arises as to what the vessel was doing in a period from Oct 25 till Oct 30? Its some 30-40 hours sailing from Nikolaev to Istanbul for a slow-steamer Nour M. Where the vessel was during four days? Why such a delay and why such a prolonged stay in Istanbul?
Media are speculating on arms destination country, naming first of all, Syria. Obviously Greek authorities did have some information when they intercepted the vessel, or else why should they do it? Vessel was docked in Rhodos, as of morning Nov 9 13 shes berthed in Rhodos.
General cargo vessel Nour M, IMO 7226627, dwt 2176, built 1972, flag Sierra Leone, manager UNIMARINE MANAGEMENT CO, Tripoli, Lebanon.

December 12
General cargo vessel Asia Peace sank in Luzon Strait
General cargo vessel Asia Peace reportedly sank in Luzon Strait, date unknown, presumably on Dec 12 or earlier. All hands safe. Vessel was en route from Davao Philippines to China. Report is to be confirmed.
General cargo vessel Asia Peace, IMO 9245172, dwt 7698, built 2001, flag Panama, manager HUBEI QIN TAI SHIPPING CO LTD, China.
All 20 mariners of general cargo ship Asia Peace were rescued before the vessel sank off northern Philippines.
Panamanian flag M/V ASIA PEACE; with 20 all chinese crewmembers, carrying logs, outer "Asian Peace" (ASIAPEACE) December 5th round encounter stormy seas in the northeastern Philippines, sank 20 Chinese crew members were rescued by nearby vessels YANGTZEETERNAL and NAVIOSORBITER on 11 evening at 20:00.
The timber cargo hit the shell plate and damaged the hull
According to the rescued crew of Panama-registered cargo ship ASIA PEACE with a total of 20 crew members, all Chinese crewmen left the ship carrying logs bound for China, from Papua New Guinea DARU Zhangjiagang Port. At 14:39 on December 5, sailing through rough seas off northeastern Philippines suffered due to scattered timber ship loading, tilted hull, cargo hold started to take in water, 20 crew immediately sent out mayday to save themselves.Worse, the water timber was four or five meters high waves swept the beat hit the boat, a huge impact will ship broke a large hole in the hull water seriously, the crew on the ship tilted, at any time into the sea, the situation is very urgent, the captain immediately launched the emergency response, issued a distress alert.Come to the rescue ship around the sea From the "Asian Peace" round more than 30 sea miles of "Yangtze Eternal" round first signal received salvage immediately reported to the relevant parties, full shipwreck site of the incident bound to carry out rescue work.


December 27
Cargo vessel Xing Tai 5 sank off Shanghai
Cargo vessel Xing Tai 5 sank in the morning Dec 27 13 in Jiangsu province waters, somewhere north of Shanghai. 11 crew were rescued and 5 remain missing, according to Shanghai MRCC. Vessel is either container ship or a general cargo loaded with containers, some 20 containers reported afloat and drifting in the area. The cause of the sinking unknown. Details of the vessel are scarce, too. There is a big number of Chinese cargo vessels engaged in coastal trading with very little information on them, restricted generally, to name, MMSI and length.
Cargo vessel Xing Tai 5, MMSI 412428950, length 112 meters, flag China.
December 29
Car Carrier Gravity Highway on sea trial collided with loaded tanker Maritime Maisie off Busan
Car carrier Gravity Highway, which is under construction in Hyundai Mipo Shipyard, collided with chemical tanker Maritime Maisie while on sea trial around 0215 LT Dec 29 13, some 9 nautical miles off Busan. 27 crew chemical tanker with 29337 tons of flammable chemicals on board caught fire after collision. There were many more people on board of car carrier, because vessel was on sea trial with shipyard staff and crew. All 91 people from both vessels rescued. 16 rescue boats, Navy ships and helicopters were engaged in rescue operation. Its not clear though, if it was necessary to evacuate people from car carrier, and vessel was abandoned. Authorities said fire was put under control by 1000 LT, firefighting still going on. No chemicals spill reported, some 4000 tons of paraxylene and acrylonitrile said to burn in the fire. Some crew members of the tanker sustained light burns or abrasions. Update Dec 30: Gravity Highway said to be towed back to Busan with some damages. Extent of damages unknown.
Car carrier Gravity Highway, IMO 9672404, 55700 gt, in build Hyundai Mipo Shipyard, flag Bahamas, owner RAY SHIPPING - TEL AVIV, ISRAEL.
Chemical tanker Maritime Maisie, IMO 9251535, dwt 44404, built 2003, flag Hong Kong, manager MSI SHIP MANAGEMENT PRIVATE LTD, Singapore.