On October 2, the 166 meter long, 155334 dwt container ship Victoria Trader collided with an 1435 dwt chemical tanker near Ulsan, South Korea. The two vessels had bumped resulting in minor dents on the starboard side of the tanker and port side of the boxship. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Korean authorities dispatched investigators to the vessels. Reports state alcohol was not a factor in the collision. Both vessels proceeded to Ulsan for further investigation into the incident. The name of the tanker was not disclosed in the news reports.
The 299 meter long, 85823 dwt container ship MSC Flaminia suffered an explosion while in the North Atlantic Ocean. The explosion occurred in the cargo hold with a subsequent fire. The crew contacted Falmouth Coast Guard who requested any nearby vessels to provide assistance. The MSC Flaminia last location was some 1000 miles from the nearest land putting it too far for rescue helicopters. The 24 of the 25 crew on board the MSC Flaminia abandoned ship into a lifeboat and liferaft. The MSC Flaminia was en route to Belgium from Charleston, South Carolina.
The 333 meter long, 31176 dwt VLCC tanker DS Crown was some six hours away from the MSC Flaminia when it received the request for assistance. The vessel changed course and proceeded to the scene. The DS Crown arrived and found the MSC Flaminia still in flames. The vessel recovered the crew from the lifeboat and liferaft. Four men suffered injuries with one crewman missing. The injuried crew were later transferred to another vessel, 304 meter long, 85680 dwt container ship MSC Stella, which proceeded en route to the Azores. Later reports state one of the injured crewmen perished from his injuries.
The oil tanker OT Moon (TK 10 LAKH) capsized and sank in the Karnaphuli river at a jetty in the port of Chittagong, Bangladesh. The tanker loaded with 180 metric tons of fuel oil began to sink while loading it’s oil cargo. Nine crewmen on board were rescued. The pollution is being released due to an open cap on the sunken tanker. A salvage ship along with two cleaner vessels are on scene. The fuel oil has caused a decrease amount of dissolved oxygen in the river and pollution has reach some shorelines. Authorities will be conducting an investigation into the sinking of the tanker.