The 200 meter long, 21081 dwt car carrier Alliance St. Louis caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico near Southwest Pass, Louisiana. The fire started in the engine room by an electrical short and was quickly extinguished by the crew. While there were no injuries, the fire damaged the engine and the car carrier went adrift. The crew alerted the Coast Guard who dispatched the cutter Brant to the scene. Reports state a tug was also dispatched to take the Alliance St. Louis under tow back to port. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On September 25, the 176 meter long, 40263 dwt tanker Burgos caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico off Veracruz, Mexico. The Burgos was headed to Veracruz from Parjaritus Coatzacoalcos, Mexico with 12,000 tons of oil when fire erupted from the two forward cargo tanks. The tanker requested assistance with multiple fireboats, tugboats and vessels from the Mexican Navy were dispatched to the scene. The 30 crew on the Burgos were evacuated while the vessels engaged in firefighting. No reports of injuries.
Reports state fire fighting continued for multiple days before the fire was contained and finally extinguished. Reports state the Burgos sustained some hull damage and some small amount of oil pollution has been spotted in the area around the vessel. The Burgos also has developed a significant list to port while anchored off Veracruz.
The 187 meter long, 46807 dwt bulk carrier Jian Qiang ran aground in the Gulf of Mexico off Beaumont, Texas. The Jian Qiang was loaded with sulfur when it ran hard aground while outbound into the gulf. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Coast Guard and local authorities are monitoring the situation as plans to free the bulk carrier are being developed. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
- Sulfur-Laden Bulk Carrier Grounds off Port Arthur, TX (marinelink.com)