The 180 meter long container ship Maersk Vilnius caught fire in the Caribbean Sea off Guadeloupe while en route to South Africa. The fire started in the engine room causing damage to the main engine resulting in a power black out. The crew requested assistance with the tug Alp Defender responding. The tug took the Maersk Vilnius under tow and proceeded to Panama for repairs. The crew was able to restore power to several refrigerated containers on board. No reports of injuries to 22 crew on board.
On April 6, the 150 meter long, 14357 dwt container ship Barrier ran aground of Beira, Mozambique. The Barrier had been at anchor off Beira when it struck bottom while leaving the anchorage. The boxship sustained damage and became disabled. A tug was dispatched and took the Barrier under tow to Durban for repairs. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 366 meter long, 146,931 dwt container ship Milano Bridge allided with a quay at Busan, South Korea. The boxship had arrived from Shanghai and was maneuvering to a berth at the north terminal when the port hull collided with the quay and several container cranes. One crane (designated as no. 85) was struck hard enough to cause it to collapse. The crane operator on board was able to jump free while still 30 feet in the air. He sustained minor injuries and was later taken to hospital.
Another crane (no. 81) suffered major damage, but didn’t collapse. Crane (no. 84) was pushed off its tracks and Cranes (no. 82 and 83) did not suffered any major damage. The Milano Bridge also sustained damage to its bridge, port side hull, railings and deck plating buckled. Parts of the crane (no. 85) fell onto the vessel while other portions fell into the water. No reports of pollution released. Reports state it may take up to 18 months to replace gantry crane (no. 85) and 5 months for Crane (no. 84) to be repaired. Busan Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
14:37: Commenced Starboard turn, STBD 20 Helm, Dead Slow Ahead, Speed: 9.3 Knots
14:39: Stopped engine, Speed: 7.6 Knots
14:40: Pilot appeared panicked, Speed 7.6 Knots, Dead slow ahead Starboard 20 helm.
14:42: Pilot realizes heavy drift to port, panicked, full ahead engine, hard Starboard helm, concerned to avoid three (3) moored vessels. AFT Tug continuously pulling.
14:44: Cleared 1st moored vessel, drifting towards 2nd moored vessel, Navigation full ahead, Starboard 20 helm, drifting further towards berth. FWD tug’s action not known as pilot speaking in local language. Master used BT.
14:47: Cleared 2nd moored vessel, random orders on ME and rudder, stern drifting towards port side, Speed 6 Knots. 14:47: Cleared lesser beamed 3rd moored vessel.
14:49: Made hard contact with Gantry no.85 , fully collapsed on stern of ONE vessel. ME Nav full ahead, speed. 5.2 Knots. FWD tug not pulling.
14:50: Emergency full stern to prevent contact with moored vessel ahead.
14:52: Hard contact with Gantry crane no. 81 by bridge wing, which was working on the moored container vessel ahead followed by slight contact with the moored vessel around Bay 02 & 06.