The 212 foot long, 1525 dwt cargo vessel Minouche was abandon off Haiti. The Minouche was caught in heavy seas and strong winds from Hurricane Joaquin. The cargo vessel suffered water ingress and developed a 30 degree list to port. The Minouche sent out a distress call that was picked up by the British Coast Guard who forward it to United States Coast Guard. The USCG diverted a cutter and launched a helicopter to assist the Minouche. The helicopter was able to hoist all 12 crew to safety and transported them to Great Inagua, Bahamas. No reports of injuries. No reports if the Minouche remained afloat or sank.
The 75 meter long, 1223 dwt ro-ro/cargo vessel Sea Flower caught fire while berthed at Miragoane, Haiti. The fire quickly engulfed the vessel. One person was killed and another suffered injuries. The vehicles and cargo on board were charred to a total loss. The port lacked any fire fighting equipment and fire fighters from Port au Prince arrived too late to save the ship. Local residents lashed out and ransack the port facilities. Reports state the local residents were upset when the authorities didn’t act to save the vessel. The location and cause of the fire was unknown. The Sea Flower regularly sailed between Miami and Haiti twice a week.
The 150 meter long, 11013 dwt reefer Timor Stream collided with the 170 meter long, 28836 dwt freighter Seagate near Isle de Tortue, Haiti. The Timor Stream struck in the starboard stern quarter of the Seagate leaving a large gash. The Seagate was severely damaged and suffered water ingress. The 18 of the 21 crew on board the Seagate abandoned ship and were taken on board the Timor Stream. After the further inspection, the Seagate was found to be stable and was not going to sink. The vessel’s engine room had only minimal flooding. However, one of the Seagate’s fuel tanks was punctured releasing some 4,000 gallons of lubricating oil. The Timor Stream suffered minimal damage. No reports of injuries on either vessel. The Coast Guard Cutter Venturous was nearby and has taken command at the scene.