Collision off Port Klang Malaysia

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photo: weehingthong.wordpress.com

The 300 meter long, 113,000 dwt container ship San Felipe allided with the container ship Al Riffa at Westport in Port Klang, Malaysia. The San Felipe was maneuvoring towards its berth when it allided with the 366 meter long, 145,534 dwt Al Riffa.  After the allision, a fire broke out on both container ships.  Authorities were alerted and the local fire brigade responded. The fire on the Al Riffa was quickly extinguished within an hour.  However, the fire on the San Felipe was more difficult as many containers in the forward section of the vessel contained combustible goods.  Authorities determined to tow the San Felipe away from the quay to a secure area to avoid other vessels catching fire as well.  No reports of injuries on either vessel.

Kertu

Photo: kustbevakningen.se
Photo: kustbevakningen.se

The 90 meter long cargo ship Kertu ran aground off off Rural Area, south of Nynashamn, Sweden.  The Kertu had run hard aground in severe weather with waves reaching 3 to 4 meters high. The cargo ship sustained significant hull damage.  Both the fuel tank and cargo hold suffered water ingress.  An unreported amount of fuel oil spilled out into the sea.

Photo: kustbevakningen.se
Photo: kustbevakningen.se

The crew notified authorities that the vessel was in distress and required assistance.  The Swedish Coast Guard dispatched several vessels to the scene and launched recovery operations.  The crew was able to transfer fuel oil from the damaged from the damaged tank into another undamaged tank.  The Kertu was refloated, but it was found that the water ingress was more than the vessel’s pump could manage.  Seven of the nine crew on the Kertu were evacuated safely by the Coast Guard while the remaining crew attempted to bring the flooding under control.

Photo: kustbevakningen.se
Photo: kustbevakningen.se

Flooding continued in the Kertu with the holds nearly 1/2 filled with water and the vessel began to list over to starboard. The Swedish Coast Guard was able to deliver additional pumps and help aid the remaining crew to get them running.  With in a short time, the pumps brought the flooding under control.  A pilot was brought on board and the vessel proceeded to Oxelösund.  No reports of injuries.  An investigation was launched by authorities.  Reports state the crew made a navigational error and steered the Kertu aground.

Elisabeth WR20

Elisabeth WR20
Photo: KNRM

The 23 meter long fishing vessel Elisabeth ran aground in the North Sea near Den Oever, Netherlands.  The crew found the fishing vessel had stranded on a sand bank and requested assistance. The Callanstoog KNRM dispatched their lifeboat to the scene.  However, the starboard engine failed on the Callanstoog lifeboat.  The lifeboat from Den Helder was nearby and was able to respond to the scene.  The Den Helder lifeboat found the rough seas and the fishing boat’s gear prevented the lifeboat from providing assistance.  The lifeboat stood by to monitor the situation. Fortunately, the the Elisabeth was able to refloat itself with the rising tide .  No reports of injuries to the 2 crew on the Elisabeth, damage or pollution released.

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