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Aulac Fortune

Aulac Fortune

Aulac Fortune
Photo: straittimes.com

On January 8, the 144 meter long, 17542 dwt tanker Aulac Fortune exploded and caught fire off Lamma Island near Hong Kong, China. The Aulac Fortune had arrived from Guangdong where it had unloaded a cargo of petrol.  The tanker was off the shore of Lamma Island being refueled by an oil barge when there was a series of explosions onboard.  The explosions had blown off several cargo hatches and ripped open part of the main deck. Fires and dense black smoke spilled out of the holds.  One crewman was instantly killed in the blast.  Twenty-three crew abandoned ship and were later rescued from the water.  Two crew were reported as missing.  Four crew were injured in the explosion and were taken to hospital for treatment.

Aulac Fortune
Photo: www.hkfsd.gov.hk

Authorities dispatched 3 fireboats, helicopters and patrol vessels to the scene. The fireboats were able to bring the blaze under control using foam, but it will take several days before the hull has cooled sufficiently.

The Aulac Fortune developed a significant 30 degree list, but remains afloat. Authorities have launched an investigation and a search and rescue operation for the missing crew.

Update January 15

Authorities dispatched divers and rescue crews to the Aulac Fortune.  Divers inspected several tanks which were filled with a mixture of water and petroleum. Rescuers combed through the jagged wreckage.  Reports state a body of one crew was found on board and the other missing crew was found near the shoreline of Lantau Island.  The Aulac Fortune is to be towed away from the anchorage off Hong Kong.  No details if the tanker is to be repaired or scrapped.

 

Jie Hai 189

Jie Hai 189

On January 6, the 48 meter long cargo vessel Jie Hai 189 collided and sank in Hangzhou Bay near Ningbo, China. Reports state the coaster had been struck by another vessel and quickly sank. Only a single crewman out of 5 on board was rescued. The other 4 crew were listed as missing. No further details reported.

Hao Xiang 19

Hao Xiang 19

Hao Xiang 19

The 98 meter long, 6532 dwt cargo vessel Hao Xiang 19 capsized and sank in the East China Sea off Luxi Island near Wenzhou, China. The Hao Xiang 19 was headed to Wenzhou from Taizhou with a cargo of steel  when it ran aground up on a reef off Luxi Island.  The vessel sustained hull damage causing water ingress.  Unable to control the flooding, the crew sent out a distress call to authorities.  A search and rescue vessel was dispatched to the scene. As the vessel continued to fill with water, the Hao Xiang 19 developed a severe list to starboard. Two crew were able launch the vessel’s life raft, but the list prevented launching lifeboats from the starboard side.

A rescue boat arrived on scene and rescued 11 crew off the Hao Xiang 19 along with the 2 crew from the life raft.  No reports of injuries.  Reports state the Hao Xiang 19 eventually capsized and sank.