The 34 meter long tanker Wan Dong Fang 298 capsized and sank on the Yangtze River near Nanjing, China. The tanker with 2 crew were proceeding to Hefei from Taizhou with 280 tonnes of liquid sodium hydroxide when it lost stability and rolled over and sank. Authorities were alerted and a search and rescue operation as launched for the missing crewmen. Reports state the vessel’s cargo tanks were still intact, but some diesel fuel was released into the river. A salvage operation is underway to raise the tanker from the water and tow it to the shoreline.
The 275 meter long, 159,196 dwt suezmax tanker SCF Khibiny ran aground on the Marmara Sea near Istanbul, Turkey. The fully loaded with 150,000 tonnes of crude oil tanker was warned by authorities that it was headed into shallow water before it ran aground. Multiple rescue vessels along with seven tugs boats were dispatched to the scene. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.