On September 27, the 42 meter long fishing vessel Lincoln was disabled in heavy seas in False Bay near Cape Town, South Africa. The Lincoln became swamped by massive waves and listed over to one side. The vessel sent out a distress call before the 21 crewmen on board abandoned ship. Nine of the crew were rescued from the water, but twelve others drowned. Reports state that some of the crew had slipped through their life jackets. The Lincoln remained afloat and was later taken under tow by another fishing vessel towards Table Bay. The incident is under investigation.
The 328 meter long, 265,243 dwt storage / crude oil tanker Cidade de Paraty became disabled while off Cape Town, South Africa. The FPSO Cidade de Paraty had problems with the generator and required to be towed back to False Bay for repairs. A tug was dispatched to the scene, but bad weather prevented the towing until the following day. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.
The 164 foot long trawler Eihatsu Maru ran aground off Clifton Beach, Cape Town, South Africa. The trawler was in dense fog when it struck bottom some 35 meters off shore. Early reports state the fishing vessel hull was undamaged. The NSRI dispatched a rescue boat to the scene and evacuated 19 of the 28 crew on board. The remaining crew decided to stay on board along with the vessel’s dog.
The vessel’s engines and generators remain operational, but were unable to refloat the vessel. A tug was requested and will attempt to refloat the Eihatsu Maru at the next high tide. Authorities are concerned for possible release of pollution from the Eihatsu Maru. The vessel has some 90 tons of fuel and ammonia on board.