On May 20, the 292 meter long, 177,807 dwt bulk carrier (VLOC) Casta Diva collided with the 180 meter long, 32,650 dwt bulk carrier Ming Lian in the East China Sea off Shanghai, China. The Casta Diva was headed out to sea from Shanghai when it struck the forward starboard section of the Ming Lian. The Ming Lian sustained severe damage including a several meter long hull breach above the waterline, railings destroyed and part of the bridge wing crushed. The Casta Diva sustained scrapes and dents to its bow. No reports of injuries or pollution released on either vessel. Both vessels proceeded to a nearby anchorage to be surveyed.
Reports state both bulk carriers will proceed to shipyards for repairs. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On May 11, the 151 meter long, 23573 dwt bulk carrier Samudra Sakti and the 299 meter long, 86018 dwt container ship Shahraz collided and stranded in the Strait of Singapore near Sambu Island, Batam, Riau Islands. The Shahraz was headed for Shanghai while the Samudra Sakti was bound for Bayah. Reports state the vessels had to make a last minute course change to avoid striking a tug crossing their path. Authorities tried to alert both vessels of the potential collision and grounding, but it was too late. The Samudra Sakti struck the Shahraz amidships before both vessels went aground.
The Shahraz sustained hull damage with several large dents along with cracks above and below the waterline. The Samudra Sakti sustained on minor damage to its bow. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
Authorities dispatched multiple patrol vessels to the scene. Authorities were able to refloat the Samudra Sakti later the same day. The bulk carrier proceeded to a nearby anchorage where it was to be inspected. Reports state the Shahraz remained aground as the boxship was to be inspected while a salvage plan was being created. The name of the tug that caused the incident has not been released.
The 28 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Hochdonn collided with the 90 meter long, 4539 dwt cargo vessel Scheldebank on the Kiel Canal in Hochdonn, Germany. The ferry was struck by the Scheldebank in dense fog resulting in heavy damage to the port side of Hochdonn. A vehicle on the ferry was also damaged. The Scheldebank had slight damage to its bow. No one was injured on either vessel. The Hochdonn was taken out of service and replaced with another ferry.
The water police have not reported the cause of the collision. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.