On June 4, the 48 meter long, 650 dwt cargo vessel Behbahan allided and sank in the Persian Gulf off Bubiyan Island, Iraq. The Behbahan had departed from Iran bound for Kuwait when it struck an offshore construction. The allision resulted in hull damage and water ingress on the Behbahan. Authorities were alerted and dispatched patrol boats to the scene. Rescuers arrived and found 4 crew were able to abandon ship before the Behbahan had sunk. Five crew were reported missing. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 72 meter long, 2998 dwt supply vessel Lim Tide allided with a oil production platform in the Persian Gulf. The vessel had struck the platform severely damaging its bridge. No reports of injuries. The specific location of the incident was not disclosed.
The 150 meter long, 25269 dwt chemical tankerStolt Valor suffered an explosion while proceeding through the Persian Gulf near Jubail, Saudi Arabia ( 27.5072° / 50.26581). Twenty four of the 25 crew on board abandoned ship into the vessel’s life rafts. All were quickly rescued by a nearby naval vessel. One crewman was reported missing but was confirmed dead the next day. Authorities have dispatched fire fighting tugs to the scene. The Stolt Valor had departed from Jubail with 13000 metric tons of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) bound for Bahrain. Reports state MTBE is highly toxic and is a known to cause cancer.
The Stolt Valor was held off Somalia in 2008 after being hijacked by pirates. The vessel remained in pirates hands for two months until it was released.