On March 24, the 330 meter long, 134007 dwt container ship MSC Shuba B and the 266 meter long, 63200 dwt container ship Laura Maersk collided in the port of Callao, Peru. The Laura Maersk was maneuvering in the port when it’s bow struck the stern hull of the MSC Shuba B. Both vessels sustained only slight damage and there were no injuries or pollution released. Authorities inspected both vessels and allowed them to proceed on their voyage the following day.
On March 8, the fishing vessel Guariste Primero caught fire in the Pacific Ocean some 800 miles off the coast of Peru. The Guariste Primero was fishing for swordfish when fire erupted from the vessel’s engine room. The 14 crew on board were unable to contain the blaze and were forced to abandoned ship. Thirteen of the crew were able to escape to the life rafts. The chief engineer was discovered missing and presumed to have been trapped in the engine room. The 13 survivors were rescued by a nearby fishing vessel.
The 26 meter long tugboat Pachacámac capsized and sank off Mollendo, Peru. The tug had struck an underwater rock off the beach Catarindo and capsized. Many local swimmers were first to the scene and rescued two of the three crew on board. Divers were requested to search for the missing third crewman. Authorities placed booms around the sunken tug to contain any fuel released. Owners of the tug later started to remove fuel off the vessel to avoid impacting the local beach.