The tanker Karakumneft remains aground off Kurilsk, Iturup island, Russia. Divers were able to make a survey and found several holes in the vessel’s tanks. A slick has formed from the leaking diesel fuel. Reports state there might be as much as 900 metric tons of fuel still on board. The island lacks the facilities to pump off the remaining fuel. So, a hose was stretched from ship to the shore and diesel fuel will be pumped into the cars, tank trucks and transported to the shore tanks. Several vessels have been dispatched to aid with the pollution and salvage operations. Authorities have conducting an investigation and criminal charges may be filed.
The 97 meter long freighter Hg Xin Yuan Shun 6 sank off Hui’an, Quanzhou, Fujian, China. The freighter loaded with 5,000 tons of pottery clay was en route to Shandong province when it encountered strong winds and rough seas. The vessel sent out a distress call before it went down. The authorities dispatched several vessels and two helicopters. One crewman out of the 11 on board was found alive and taken to hospital. Eight bodies were also recovered. The cause of the sinking was not reported, but it is suspected a cargo shift in the hold caused the vessel to list and capsize in the bad weather. Authorities also are looking for a possible oil spill from the sunken vessel.
The 160 meter long, 24997 dwt bulk freighter Sea Bell went aground near Katsumoto-ko, Iki Island, Japan. No injuries or damage reported. The vessel was later refloated shortly afterwards. No further details reported.