On September 19, the 63 meter long, 2061 dwt cargo vessel Murat Hacibekiroglu 2 sank in the Mediterranean Sea between Cyprus and Alanya, Turkey. The Murat Hacibekiroglu 2 was en route to Asian Cemento from Iskenderun when it sprung a leak in the engine room. The water ingress could not be controlled and the vessel developed a list. The cargo vessel sent out a distress call and the 10 crew abandoned ship into the vessel’s life raft. Authorities requested nearby vessels to assist with the container ship Electra A responding. The Electra A arrived on scene and rescued all 10 crew. No reports of injuries. The Murat Hacibekiroglu 2 continue to flood until it rolled over and sank.
Reports state the vessel had been detained in 2008 for safety violations and suffered a severe list in 2014.
The 228 meter long, 73334 dwt tanker Maistros collided with the anchored 183 meter long, 50215 dwt tanker Ridgebury Kathrine Z in the North Sea off Belgium. The Maistros was headed to Antwerp when it suffered a power blackout and struck the Ridgebury Kathrine Z. Both vessels sustained damage, but no reports of injuries. Reports state the Maistros dropped anchor nearby.
The fishing vessel Jin Gwo Dee Haw No. 1 caught fire while berthed in the harbour of Port Louis, Mauritius. The fire started during the early morning hours and quickly grew to engulf the vessel’s superstructure. No reports of injuries, but authorities had the fishing vessel towed out of the harbour. The National Coast Guard did not report the cause of the fire. An investigation has been launched by local authorities.