The 150 meter long, 11013 dwt reefer Timor Stream collided with the 170 meter long, 28836 dwt freighter Seagate near Isle de Tortue, Haiti. The Timor Stream struck in the starboard stern quarter of the Seagate leaving a large gash. The Seagate was severely damaged and suffered water ingress. The 18 of the 21 crew on board the Seagate abandoned ship and were taken on board the Timor Stream. After the further inspection, the Seagate was found to be stable and was not going to sink. The vessel’s engine room had only minimal flooding. However, one of the Seagate’s fuel tanks was punctured releasing some 4,000 gallons of lubricating oil. The Timor Stream suffered minimal damage. No reports of injuries on either vessel. The Coast Guard Cutter Venturous was nearby and has taken command at the scene.
The 72 foot long fishing vessel Chevelle went aground against the jetty at Newport, Oregon. The fishing vessel caught a strong gust of wind and blown onto the jetty. The vessel’s crab pots shifted and Chevelle developed a severe list allowing water ingress into the engine room. The Coast Guard responded to the scene with a lifeboat and helicopter. The helicopter lifted the four crew safely back to shore. No reports of injuries. The crew plans to salvage the vessel.
The 147 meter long, 17999 dwt tanker Gelso M went ashore at Pointe Santa Panagia, Sicily near Syracuse. The Gelso M became disabled while route to Augusta. The vessel became unmanagable in severe conditions with gusts up to 80 miles an hour. The waves and wins drove the tanker on the rocks a few meters from the shore. One report states the vessel lost control when the engine room became flooded. The crew sent out a distress call to the Italian Coast Guard as conditions prevented the crew abandoning ship. The Coast Guard dispatched two helicopters which were able to safely rescue all 19 crew on board. No reports of injuries. The Gelso M has developed a list to port after shifting on the rocks. The tanker was in ballast reducing the amount of pollution being released. An early investigation shows the vessel may have nagivated a route to close to shore for the weather conditions.