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Author: Paul Hancock

KMP Bandeng

KMP Bandeng

KMP Bandeng

On August 15, the ro-ro passenger ferry KMP Bandeng sank in the Molucca Sea near Maju, Indonesia. The ferry had departed on the evening of August 14th from Tobelo bound for Bitung on North Sulawesi with 24 passengers and 18 crew along with 12 vehicles on board.  Several hours into the voyage the ferry contacted authorities.  The captain was concerned as the ferry was proceeding in deteriorating weather and decided to turn back to Tobelo.   

Authorities lost contact with the ferry a short time later.  Unknown to them, the KMP Bandeng had lost power.  The ferry’s main engine had failed and now the vessel was adrift in bad weather.  With swells reaching two to three meters, the KMP Bangdeng suffered water ingress while no power for the vessel’s pumps.  A passenger’s phone was able to contact authorities and alerted them that the vessel was in danger of foundering.  The order to abandon ship was given and 18 passengers and crew went into the vessel’s 3 life rafts.  Another 17 persons on board would be rescued by local fishermen who came to the aid of the KMP Bandeng.  Five people including the captain of the KMP Bandeng were reported as missing.  

Authorities dispatched search and rescue vessel to the scene and brought all survivors back to North Maluku Island.  Many were taken to hospital for treated for minor injuries or dehydration.

 

George H. Ledcor

George H. Ledcor

George H. Ledcor
photo: vancouversun.com

On August 14, the 18 meter long tugboat George H. Ledcor sank on the Fraser River between Vancouver and Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The tug was towing a gravel barge when it suddenly capsized and sank. The four crew on board were thrown into the water and later rescued by a nearby tug.  No reports of injuries.

A sheen was spotted over the sunken tug as diesel fuel is released. Authorities place booms around the wreck site and divers are dispatched to plug fuel vents on the tugboat. Reports state the George H. Ledcor had nearly 22,000 litres of fuel on board at the time of the sinking. 

A crane barge was dispatched to raise the George H. Ledcor from the bottom. The Canadian Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.

 

Norman McLeod

Norman McLeod

Norman McLeod

On August 9, the 122 meter long, 6809 gt tanker-barge Norman McLeod went aground on the St. Lawrence River near Sorel, Quebec. The tanker-barge had been at anchor when the anchor chain broke.  The barge drifted away and grounded nearby.  Tugs were dispatched and were able to refloat the tanker-barge a short time later.  No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.