On August 3, the 126 meter long, 319,999 dwt VLCC tanker Dream II collided with the 366 meter long, 165,908 dwt container ship MSC Alexandra in the Singapore Strait off Sebarok Island, Singapore. The Dream II’s bow struck into the portside hull of the MSC Alexandra. The tanker sustained significant damage to its bow and the container ship sustained hull damage to its port stern and a dozen empty containers fell overboard. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Authorities detained both vessels at a nearby anchorage while conducting an investigation into the incident. Initial reports state the duty officers on both vessels failed to communicate before the collision.
The 330 meter long, 318445 dwt VLCC tanker Wu Yi San allided with a jetty at Yoesu, South Korea. The Wu Yi San struck the pier causing damage to a pipeline. The pipeline released some 164 metric tons of amount of crude, naphtha and other oil compounds into the water. Authorities dispatched a response team to clean up the pollution. Reports state efforts to remove pollution from the ocean and a 10 kilometer stretch of seashore involving some 70 vessels. The tanker suffered only minor damage and was moved to an anchorage outside the port. No reports of injuries.
- South Korea cleans up ‘164,000 litres of oil leak’ (energylivenews.com)
- Crude Oil Tanker Collides With Jetty at Port in South Korea (shippingtribune.com)
The 232 meter long, 97220 dwt VLCC tanker Katja went aground in the North Sea off the island of Minsener Oog near Wangerooge, Germany. The tanker suffered a slight list while stuck on the sandbank, but no water ingress. Four tugs responded along with an anti pollution vessel to the scene. The tugs were able to refloat the Katja a few hours later with the rising tide. The vessels then proceeded to Wilhelmshaven where the Katja berthed where it unloaded its cargo of 87,000 tons of crude oil. The tanker will undergo an inspection looking for any possible damage. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.