On August 20, the 90 meter long, 4156 dwt cargo vessel Alfa became disabled off Yeosu, South Korea. The Alfa was en route to China from Nakhodka with a cargo of timber when it encountered heavy seas in the Korea Strait. The timber cargo on board the Alfa shifted causing the cargo vessel to develop a heavy list of 45 degrees. With the vessel in danger of capsizing, the crew requested assistance. The South Korean Coast Guard responded and was able to safely evacuate all 15 crew on board. No reports of injuries.
The abandoned Alfa drifted with the heavy seas before it ran aground between Jeju and Tsushima Island. Reports state part of the timber cargo has fallen overboard posing a potential hazard to vessels in the area.
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.
The 114 meter long, 1671 dwt ferry Hyundai Seolbong suffered a fire off Yeosu, South Korea while en-route to Jeju Island from Busan. The fire started in the ferry’s hold and the smoke was spotted by a crewman. The vessel contacted authorities who dispatched dozens of Navy and Coast Guard patrol vessels to the scene. The master began the evacuation in an orderly manner, but the fire quickly spread throughout the vessel. Eventually the fire forced a few to jump overboard to avoid the smoke and flames. Luckily, all the ferry’s 128 passengers and crew were saved. Seven people were slightly injured and were taken to hospital. The exact cause of the fire has not been reported.