Todd Michael

Photo: USCG
Photo: USCG

On April 15, the tugboat Todd Michael went aground on Lake Pontchartrain off New Orleans, Louisiana.  The tug was towing a barge when it ran onto the rocks near the shoreline.  The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to the scene.  The 2 crew on the Todd Michael were lifted to safety.  The one crewman on board the barge was rescued by another vessel.   No reports of injuries.

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Collision off IJmuiden

Photo: KNRM
Photo: KNRM

The 197 meter long, 58758 dwt bulk carrier Bulk Costa Rica and the 180 meter long, 33200 dwt cargo vessel Atlantic Tramp collided off the coast of IJmuiden, Netherlands.  The  Atlantic Tramp’s  bow struck into the mid section of the Bulk Costa Rica.  The Bulk Costa Rica sustained a large dent amidships and damage on deck,but was in no danger of sinking.  The Atlantic Tramp’s bow sustained a breach about 9 meters long, but was 2 meters above the waterline. Both vessels also had damage to their bridges.  No reports of injuries or pollution released.  The KNRM lifeboat Koss van Messel arrived on scene,but found both vessels in no danger and after doing a visual inspection returned to her station. The cause of the collision is under investigation.  Initial reports state conditions were good with visibility reaching  at least 3 miles and swells only 1.5 meters.  The Atlantic Tramp was en route to St. Petersburg, Russia.

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ASIAN EMPIRE

Asian Empire 1

The 229 meter long, 25765 dwt car carrier Asian Empire caught fire in the Pacific Ocean some 740 kilometers south of Shionomisaki, Japan.  The fire started in the vessel’s storeroom and quickly got out of control.  Unable to contain the blaze, the crew sent out a distress call before the 24 crew abandoned ship into the vessel’s two life rafts.  Coast Guard coordinated efforts with the refrigerated vessel Asian Adonis changed course to the scene.  The Adonis was able to recover all the Asian Empire crew from their life rafts. There were no reported injuries.  The Asian Empire crew were taken to Saipan.  Reports state the Asian Empire was still ablaze and adrift.  The Asian Empire was en route to Panama with a cargo of vehicles.

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Ornak

Photo: hamptonroads.com
Photo: hamptonroads.com

On April 15, the 228 meter long, 79677 dwt bulk carrier Ornak was driven hard aground off Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The Ornak had been at anchor in Chesapeake Bay when wind increased and changed direction.  The Ornak’s anchor began to drag.  The crew attempted to restart the engines and turn the vessel, but the bulk carrier was drifting closer to shore.  A second anchor was dropped, but it didn’t  hold.  The Ornak went hard aground a few hundred yards off shore.  No reports of injuries to the 22 crew on board, damage or pollution released.  The Ornak was released by the aid of tugs on the following rising tide.  Divers inspected the hull and was allowed to proceed to the Portsmouth terminal to load its cargo of grain.

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