Category Archives: Broke-In-Two

Collision off Nigeria Update

Correction: The tanker struck was the tanker Tank (imo: 8681460) not the tanker Good Success.

Tank
Photo: shipsandports.com.ng

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has stated it has rescued three of the 12 crew from the MT Tank. The stern section of the tanker sank quickly with 8 crew trapped.  Only one body has been recovered.

Tank
Photo: shipsandports.com.ng

Preliminary reports state the Elixir struck the MT Tank which broke-in-two.  Divers were requested to inspect the sunken portion to ensure no-one was left trapped inside (as a cook survived in an air pocket for two days  after a tugboat capsizing and sinking off Nigeria).

Tanker Elixir
Photo: shipsandports.com.ng

E Tuan Feng Huo 226

E Tuan Feng Hua 226
Photo: newsmaritime.com

The 64 meter long, 1600 dwt coastal bulk carrier E Tuan Feng Huo 226 sank on the Yangtze River while berthed at Wuhan, China. The E Tuan Feng Huo 226 was loading cargo at the terminal when the vessel suffered a hull breach and suffered massive water ingress.  The three crew on board were able to escape and later rescued.  Reports state the bulker may have partially broke-in-two as the hull cracked.  Ferry service from Wuhan was halted as the E Tuan Feng Huo 226 was blocking navigation at the terminal.

Rothensee

Rothensee
Photo: haz.de

On October 28, the 67 meter long self-propelled barge Rothensee sank after colliding with another vessel on the Mittelland Canal near Oebisfelde, Germany.  The Rothensee quickly sank in 4.5 feet of water with its cargo of 800 tons or iron bars.  No reports of injuries.  Salvage teams quickly responded as the sunken Rothensee was blocking traffic on the canal. The salvage team was able to recover the 800 tons of iron off the vessel and began lifting efforts with a floating crane.  As the stern was pulled above the water, the hull cracked just behind the stern wheelhouse.  The 1.5 meter long crack halted  operations.  Steel plates were welded to stabilize the Rothensee to allow salvage operations to continued.  After refloated, the Rothensee will be taken to a nearby berth where it can be scrapped.

Video of salvage operations