On June 11, the 174 meter long, 33526 dwt tanker Chemroad Journey ran aground in the South China Sea near Phu Quy Island, Vietnam. The Chemroad Journey was headed to Zhuhai from Al Jubail with 30,000 tons of chemicals (butanal, ethylene glycol, monoethanolamine) and 800 tons of fuel oil when it ran up on the rocky bottom.
The tanker sustained hull damage to the ballast tanks and suffered water ingress. Unable to control the flooding, the Chemroad Journey developed a 15 degree list to port. No reports of injuries to the 27 crew on board.
Authorities state there is a strong concern about pollution being released. A response team was monitoring the situation and coordinating efforts with the vessel’s owners to prevent any property damage and environmental pollution in the area. Reports state a Japanese salvage team has been contracted to survey and salvage the tanker.
On January 23, the 26 meter long tugboat MCL Power III with a barge under tow ran aground in the South China Sea near Kandis, Kelantan, Malaysia. The MCL Power III was proceeding to Johor with 5800 tons of limestone in stormy conditions. The storm caused the MCL Power III to become uncontrollable and the vessels were pushed ashore. No reports of injuries.
The 110 meter long cargo vessel Fortune Life sank in the South China Sea off Vigan City, Philippines. The Fortune Life was headed to Kuching, Malaysia from Taiwan in heavy seas when it suffered water ingress in the engine room. Unable to control the flooding, the crew evacuated the engine room. The Fortune Life lost power and went adrift. The crew requested assistance and the Philippine Coast Guard dispatched two vessels to the scene while three nearby cargo vessels aided in the search and rescue efforts. Reports state the tanker Ashley rescued six crew of the Fortune Life while two other crewmen were also rescued. There were still 11 crew members who were still reported missing. Survivors state the Fortune Life had capsized and sank a short time after the vessel lost power.