On January 17, the 275 meter long, 81499 dwt tanker Mare Doricum released oil pollution while berthed at the La Pampilla refinery at Callao, Peru. The Mare Doricum was unloading crude oil at the refinery when the vessel was struck by large waves caused by the eruption of the undersea volcano off Tonga. The tsunami waves caused the tanker to pull away from the berth and rupture the unloading pipes. The oil pollution spread along two miles of the nearby the coastline.
Reports states an unknown amount of crude oil was released into water which later washed up along the shoreline. No further details on any other damage caused by the waves was reported. Authorities state the oil terminal was ordered to start cleanup operations. Reports state the Peruvian Navy did not issue a tsunami warning.
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.