The 90 meter long, 1652 dwt cargo vessel Rigel A sank in the Gulf of Aden off Al Mukalla, Yemen. The Rigel A had been at anchor off Al Mukalla with 1700 tons of food cargo awaiting to berth at a terminal when it suffered a two meter long crack in the hull in the engine room. The sudden flooding was too much for vessel’s pumps to keep up. The eight crew on board were forced to abandoned ship into a life raft while the Rigel A slowly submerged. The Coastguard arrived a short time later and rescued all the crew. No reports of injuries. Within a few hours, the Rigel A completely disappeared from the surface and sank.
The unfinished 368 meter long, 153500 gt container ship YM Wind allided with the quay at Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The YM Wind broke its mooring and went adrift as the super typhoon Meranti struck the area. With winds reaching 230 miles per hour, the YM Wind was swept across the harbour and struck the quay damaging its hull. The quay sustained damage with two cranes damaged and another two cranes toppled by the YM Wind’s superstructure. No reports of injuries as no one was on board the boxship at the time. Three tugs were dispatched to secure the YM Wind against the quay before it ran aground or caused more damage. No reports of pollution released. Reports state estimates to repair the container terminal may take up to a year to repair.