The 114 meter long, 8700 dwt bulk freighter Chang Da 12 went aground and broke-in-two near the coast of Pangasinan, Philippines. The freighter was in rough seas with 6,000 tons of bitumen in the cargo hold when the hull cracked just forward of the engine room. As waves smashed into the hull of the Chang Da 12, the crack grew until the bow section broke free. Reports state some of the cargo spilled into the ocean, but would not cause harm to the environment. The Philippine Coast Guard has arranged salvage for the vessel. No further details reported.
The Chang Da-12 has wrecked once before near the same area. The freighter struck the rocky shoreline of Aren Point along Barangay Abagtanen in Agno on December 19, 2011 while loaded with more than 6,000 metric tons of coal from Indonesia en route to China. The vessel was reported then as being severely deteriorated and considered extremely unseaworthy. The Coast Guard report stated that cargo vessel suffered engine trouble and steering problem causing it to go adrift before it eventually ran aground. The ship’s master order the crew to abandoned ship and they were rescued by local fisherman in the area.
The 59 meter long freighter Shen Zhou 3 went aground on the Agno River off Lingayen, Pangasinan, Philippines. The freighter loaded with magnetite sand was able to refloat itself with the rising tide. The Shen Zhou 3 failed to report the incident to the Philippine Coast Guard. Authorities have required the vessel to be detained so that it can be inspected. No reports of injuries.
Heavy seas and strong winds from the typhoon Dodong overwhelmed two fishing vessels off Pangasinan, Philippines. The fishing vessel 3M’s Wolf sank off Agno after being battered by the typhoon. The crew contacted the Coast Guard that 24 men on board the fishing vessel needed assistance. A nearby freighter Sea Palace was nearby and was able to safely rescue all 24 crew of the 3M’s Wolf. The men were later transferred to a Coast Guard vessel BRP-Nueva Vizcaya. The fishing vessel Eric was also caught by the typhoon. The fishing vessel capsized in the heavy seas off Alaminos. The three men on board were thrown into the water and would have quickly drowned if not a passing banca caught sight of the men. The banca pulled the men out of the water and returned the men safely to shore. Another motorized banca was out fishing at night with 9 men when the large waves hit the banca and went to pieces. The men went into the water and struggled to stay alive by holding onto pieces of the smashed vessel. The men held on during the night until morning when another banca sighted the men. All nine men survived and were taken to hospital at llocos Sur.