The 18 meter long, 83 gt towboat Ed McLaughlin capsized and sank on the Ohio River near Cheshire, Ohio. The towboat was near mile marker 259 when it lost stability and capsized. All three crewmen on board the Ed McLaughlin were able to abandon ship before the towboat sank. The crew were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The Coast Guard reports the Ed McLaughlin had some 4900 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the sinking. A response team was on scene and is monitoring the situation. A light sheen has been spotted in the river suggesting some fuel has leaked from the Ed McLaughlin. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On January 13, the 144 meter long, 13360 dwt pipe layer vessel Star Centurion was struck by the 176 meter long, 40094 dwt tanker Antea in the Singapore Strait off Bintan Island, Indonesia. The Star Centurion had been at anchor when the Antea struck the pipelay vessel amidships. The Star Centurion’s hull was holed and suffered water ingress. The vessel’s pumps were unable to keep up with the flooding and the Star Centurion developed a severe list. All 22 crew on the Star Centurion abandoned ship into the lifeboats before the pipe layer capsized onto its port side and partially sank. No reports of injuries.
Indonesian authorities have dispatched vessels to monitor the wreck. The Star Centurion’s hull remains partially above water. Reports state the Antea had sustained damage, but was able to proceed under its own power to the port of Kuala Sungai Linggi. The owners of the Star Centurion have awarded Smit Salvage the contract to salvage the vessel.
On January 7, the 113 meter long cargo vessel Volgo-Balt 214 broke-in-two and sank in the Black Sea off Samsun, Turkey. The Volgo-Balt 214 was loaded with 3300 tons of coal from Azov bound for Samsun in heavy seas when a large wave smashed against the vessel causing a hull fracture. The bow of the Volgo-Balt 214 broke away and both sections of the cargo vessel flooding. Seven of the 13 crew were able to escape into the life rafts.
The Turkish Coast Guard dispatched four helicopters and several vessels to conduct a search and rescue operation. Authorities rescued the 7 crew from the life rafts and continued search the remaining crew. The following day authorities were able to recover the bodies of the missing crewmen. Reports state the Volgo-Balt 214 had several reported deficiencies during an inspection in 2017 including hull corrosion and cracking. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.