The 117 meter long, 6678 dwt tanker Xing Long Zhou 569 caught fire after suffering an explosion off Shandong, China. The crew of the Xing Long Zhou 569 requested assistance as the explosion had disabled the vessel and fire quickly engulfed the vessel.
Multiple rescue vessels along with a helicopter were dispatched to the scene. The helicopter rescued 13 of the 16 crew on board. Three crew were listed as missing and presumed perished in the explosion.
Salvage vessels arrived later and were able to bring the blaze under control. The Xing Long Zhou 569 was taken under tow to Shidao. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 63 foot long fishing vessel Truline suffered damage off San Clemente Island, California. The vessel with 20 passengers and five crew had struck a submerged object and sustained hull damage. The Truline had suffered water ingress and the vessel’s pumps were unable to control the flooding.
The vessel sent out distress call with the Coast Guard responding. A Jayhawk helicopter, a 45-foot response boat and the 87 foot cutter Sockeye were dispatched to the scene. The vessels arrived on scene and assisted in evacuating the passengers off the Truline. No reports of injuries.
The Coast Guard assisted in dewatering the fishing vessel and escorted the Truline back to Newport Beach. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident. No reports of pollution released.
The 82 meter long, 3201 dwt cargo vessel Tinaztepe S sank off Libya at the Misrata anchorage. The Tinaztepe S had been at anchor awaiting for a berth when it was struck by rough weather conditions and heavy seas with waves reaching 4 meters high. The cargo of construction material shifted on the cargo vessel and resulted in several hull breaches. As the vessel flooded, it suffered hull failure and broke-in-two. Both the bow and stern of the Tinaztepe S quickly sank a few minutes later.
Nearby vessels alerted local authorities that the Tinaztepe S had capsized who dispatched rescue boats to the scene. Rescuers were able to pull six crew from the sea. All six crew were reported in good condition and were uninjured. The remaining seven crew were reported as missing and presumed lost.