On January 10, the 140 meter long, 6407 dwt tanker Glard 2 collided with the 138 gt fishing vessel Dursun Ali Coşkun in the Black Sea some 5 miles off the coast of Kilyos, Turkey. The Glard 2 was headed to Izmir from Rostov-on-Don in heavy fog when it struck the fishing vessel. The Dursun Ali Coşkun quickly filled with water and sank within minutes. Three of the 6 crew on board the Dursun Ali Coşkun were later rescued from the water. The survivors were taken ashore and transported to hospital for treatment.
The Turkish Coast Guard launched a search and rescue operation to look for the remaining three men. The Coast Guard dispatched multiple lifeboats, patrol boats and helicopters to the scene. Nearby fishing boats assisted in the operation. By the next day, the Coast Guard had recovered the bodies of the missing men. Reports state the men may have been trapped in the cabin on the Dursun Ali Coşkun and were not able escape before the fishing vessel sank.
Reports state the Glard 2 proceeded to an anchorage near the entrance to the Istanbul Strait. No reports of injuries or pollution released from the tanker. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On February 7, the 40 meter long, 229 dwt coastal tanker Salim N1 ran aground near Famagusta, Cyprus. The Salim N1 had been anchored offshore when a storm struck the area. Strong winds caused the Salim N1’s anchor to drag until the tanker went ashore on the beach. The two crew on board made it safely ashore assisted by the Turkish Coast Guard. No reports of injuries.
Authorities surveyed the Salim N1 and found the tanker had sustained some damage, but no pollution had been released. The tanker’s rudder had broken during the grounding. A tug was order to standby to pull the Salim N1 off the beach when weather conditions improved.
In 2017, the Salim N1 had broken down while en route to Turkey from Malta and has been anchored off Cyprus. Built in 1952, reports state the Salim N1 may never go back into active service.
The 131 meter long, 5288 dwt tanker Eastern Glory allided with the Barelang II Bridge in Batam City, Riau Islands, Indonesia. The Eastern Glory had been at anchor off Barelang Root Island when a tug arrived on scene. The tug took the Eastern Glory under tow to re position the tanker so that other vessels could anchor nearby. The tug struggled to keep the Eastern Glory under control. Strong currents and wind gusts pushed the tanker overwhelming the tug. The tug was forced to drop the towline and the Eastern Glory drifted away until it struck the bridge breaking its main mast. No reports of injuries.
The Eastern Glory remained wedged against the bridge for several hours until several tugs arrived and were able to pull the the tanker free. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. No reports of pollution released.