The 46000 dwt tanker Qian Chi had an explosion in it’s engine room while anchored in Moreton Bay off Brisbane, Australia. Reports state one of the boilers in the engine room exploded causing an intense fire onboard. The fire was quickly extinguished. There were 3 injured crewmen from the explosion. They were airlifted to a Brisbane hospital with 1 in critical condition. The tanker had a cargo of fuel onboard, but there was no risk of pollution being released. Australian authorities will be investigating the incident.
The 3197 dwt freighter Onix collided with the 3340 dwt freighter Amur-2505 in the Azov Sea. The Onix suffered damage to its ballast and fuel tanks along with damage to it’s bridge and superstructure. The Onix lost propollusion and was towed to Kerch, Crimea. The Amur-2505 had slight damage to its bow and proceeded to Kerch, Crimea. No reports of injuries to the crewmen or pollution being released.
The 35-meter vessel Hasan Reis sank in the Ionian Sea off the coast of Corfu, Greece. The wooden-hulled vessel had 263 migrants onboard was bound for Italy when it sank. A nearby dutch freighter rescued 241 passengers. Reports state there were still 22 poeple missing. Greek authorities are conducting a search for survivors. 15 passengers were injuried and 2 men were detained for smuggling.
- 22 missing after ship carrying hundreds of suspected illegal immigrants sinks off Corfu (dailymail.co.uk)
- Migrant ship sinks off Corfu; 22 reported missing (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Migrant boat found off Corfu, 22 missing (msnbc.msn.com)