The 162 meter long, 17088 dwt chemical tanker Travestern allided the 161 meter long, 17083 dwt chemical tanker Havelstern off Lewisporte, Newfoundland, Canada. The Travestern had struck the anchored Havelstern while maneuvering to transfer fuel. The Travestern sustained hull damage resulting in a large hole in its superstructure. The Havelstern sustained damage to its stern above the waterline. No reports of injuries or pollution released from either vessel.
Both vessels will be surveyed for damage. Canadian authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On June 11, the 174 meter long, 33526 dwt tanker Chemroad Journey ran aground in the South China Sea near Phu Quy Island, Vietnam. The Chemroad Journey was headed to Zhuhai from Al Jubail with 30,000 tons of chemicals (butanal, ethylene glycol, monoethanolamine) and 800 tons of fuel oil when it ran up on the rocky bottom.
The tanker sustained hull damage to the ballast tanks and suffered water ingress. Unable to control the flooding, the Chemroad Journey developed a 15 degree list to port. No reports of injuries to the 27 crew on board.
Authorities state there is a strong concern about pollution being released. A response team was monitoring the situation and coordinating efforts with the vessel’s owners to prevent any property damage and environmental pollution in the area. Reports state a Japanese salvage team has been contracted to survey and salvage the tanker.
On February 5, the 128 meter long, 12999 dwt chemical tanker Global Uranus ran aground off Bitung, Indonesia. The fully loaded Global Uranus was en route to Indonesia from China when ran aground off shore.
Reports state the vessel still remained aground over one week before it was finally refloated on February 16. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Details of the cause of the incident or damage to the Global Uranus were not reported.