The 105 meter long, 6535 dwt tanker Doola No. 3 exploded while off Jawol Island, South Korea. The tanker was proceeding in ballast when one of the empty tanks exploded. The explosion broke the vessel in two causing one section to partially sink. Reports state 5 crewmen died in the explosion with another 6 missing. The South Korean Coast Guard rescued the remaining 5 crewmen on board. The tanker was en route for Daesan after unloading 6500 tons of gasoline at Incheon. The Doola No. 3 usually transports diesel fuel rather than gasoline.
Firefighters continue to search the cruise ship for survivors as air runs out for those trapped on board. A couple from South Korea on their honeymoon were found alive. They were on deck 8 when they found the emergency exits blocked. They spent the night screaming to attraction attention in the cold and dark. Rescuers reported they were in good shape and they stated they will be plan a “second” honeymoon, but they will not be doing a cruise again.
The head purser was also rescued. As he was helping people reach the lifeboats, he decided to check the dining room on deck 3 to see if anyone had been left behind. In the dining room he slipped and fell breaking his leg. He laid there until rescuers were able to winch him out of the vessel. He was reported in good condition and be treated at hospital.
Two Bodies Recovered, 17 Missing
Two men who did not survive were found by Coast Guard divers. The two men were in the starboard-aft section on the area designated as the “third bridge”. The two elderly men had life vests on and were found near their designated collection point. This leaves some 11 passengers and 6 crew still missing. Some passengers have been found or had already left the vessel prior to the sailing to the Island of Giglio.
Salvage Firm Hired
The salvage company Smit has been contracted to remove the fuel off the Costa Concordia. The company has stated they will begin pumping operations after search and recovery is completed. It will take more than two weeks to pump the 2400 tons of fuel off the vessel.
The 30 meter long tanker Lady Moon sank just outside of Al Hamriya Port, Dubai. The tanker sank near the breakwater in 12 meters of water. The cause of the sinking is unknown, but all five crewmen were rescued. Officials are concerned that the tanker may cause damage to the breakwater. There is some concern about pollution, but the Lady Moon had unloaded its cargo of diesel fuel just before it sank. Authorities are trying to establish who is the legal owner of the vessel.
The 126 meter long, 8033 dwt freighter Cheng Lu 28 collided with a fishing vessel in the Hainan Strait off Hainan, China. The freighter smashed the small fishing vessel sending the five crew overboard. Two fishermen were rescued by the Cheng Lu 28 while the other three went missing. The freighter was ordered to Haikou, Hainan while an authorities conduct an investigation into the incident. The Cheng Lu 28 reported no injuries on board.
The 92 meter long, 4112 dwt tanker Edirne exploded off the coast of Durres, Albania. The tanker was proceeding in ballast after unloading its cargo of 3000 tons of fuel oil at Durres. Three of the 15 crewmen were killed in the explosion. Albanian Coast Guard responded and were able to rescue the remaining 12 crew on board. The Edirne sank after the explosion releasing some pollution. The cause of the explosion was not known, but one report stated that smoke was seen just before the explosion.