Additional information about the vessels sunk by Hurricane Harvey. The Coast Guard has released photos of the towboats Sabine Pass, Sandy Point and Belle Chasse which were in Lydia Ann Channel near Port Aransas, Texas when the hurricane struck. Two vessels, Sabine Pass and Sandy Point, were washed ashore while the Belle Chasse sunk in the Lydia Ann Channel. Each towboat had 2 empty barges which broke free during the hurricane. The barges now rest high and dry on the bank near the channel. No reports of injuries as all 11 crew had been safely evacuated.
Salvage efforts have been started including refloating the of the drillship Paragon DPDS 1 and other vessels sunk or aground near Port Aransas or Corpus Christi, Texas.
On September 2, the 106 meter long, 7583 dwt cargo vessel Reef Elaf sank off the port of Al-Labki, Oman. The Reef Elaf was headed to Eritrea from Sharjah with a mix cargo of sand and iron rods when the vessel suffered a hull breach and water ingress. The vessel’s pumps were unable to contain the flooding and the Reef Elaf began to sink by the bow. The Reef Elaf requested assistance with two near by fishing boats responding. The fishing boats was able to safely evacuate all 20 crew off the cargo vessel. No reports of injuries.
Reports state the Reef Elaf had suffered some engine problems prior to its sinking. The cause of the hull damage was not reported.