The 90 meter long, 3881 dwt tanker Houn Maru allided with a bridge over Osaka Bay near the Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan. The Houn Maru had been at anchor when it was swept by gale force winds from Typhoon Jebi. The tanker’s anchor dragged until the Houn Maru struck the bridge with extreme force. The vessel’s superstructure struck into the road deck crushing its starboard side. The tanker’s hull sustained multiple breaches and water ingress which flooded the engine room.
Authorities were able to safely evacuate all 11 crew on board the Houn Maru. No reports of injuries. Reports state the Houn Maru had no cargo on board and no reports yet of any pollution released.
One section of the 3700 meter long bridge sustained severe damage shifting it several meters off its pier. Authorities have stated the amount of damage to the bridge makes it unsafe for traffic. Authorities state is will be at least several weeks before repairs can be completed.
On July 29, the 55 meter long, 100 dwt high-speed catamaran passenger ferry Flyingcat 4 allided with the breakwater at Rafina, Greece. The vessel was heading into Rafina to dock with 209 passengers and 6 crew when it suffered a mechanical fault as it approached the breakwater. The ferry sustained damage, but there were no injuries on board. Greek coast guard dispatched vessels to the scene and transferred passengers off the ferry to shore. Reports state divers were requested to inspect the hull for damage.
The 152 meter long, 13031 dwt container ship Heinrich Schepers allided with a wall on the Scheldt just outside the entrance to Deurganckdok, Belgium. The Heinrich Schepers had suffered a mechanical fault and swung into the metal deflection wall resulting in a 2 meter hull breach above the waterline. No reports of injuries. Authorities report damage to the wall was minimal and has launched an investigation into the incident.