On May 25, the 192 meter long, 33720 dwt cargo vessel Purple Beach caught fire in the North Sea while en route from Immingham to Brake, Germany with a cargo of fertilizers. The fire started in one of the cargo holds of the Purple Beach and the crew quickly responded. The crew extinguished the blaze that evening, but the fire reignited the following day while the vessel was off Helgoland. The crew requested assistance with rescue boats, helicopters and salvage vessels arriving on scene. Reports state a firefighting team was brought on board to help contain the blaze. One of the 25 persons on board suffered injuries from the toxic gas released and was airlifted for treatment.
The 190 meter long, 55389 dwt bulk carrier Dubai Energy ran aground on the Parana River near San Pedro, Argentina. The Dubai Energy was proceeding down the river from San Nicolas when it struck bottom blocking river traffic. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. This is the third bulk carrier this month to run aground near San Pedro. No reports of authorities dredging or imposing cargo restrictions at this time.
The 22 ton tugboat 97 Samyoung sank off Busan, South Korea near Dudo Island. The 97 Samyoung was towing another vessel when its towing cable snapped and slapped against the side of the tug’s hull causing the vessel to later sink. The two crew on board were knocked into the water and were later found unconscious. The men were taken to hospital, but reported that they had perished. Authorities have placed booms around the sunken tug to contain any pollution released. Reports state an investigation has been launched about the incident.