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.
The 168 meter long, 20615 dwt container ship TS Taipei broke up just offshore off Taiwan. The TS Taipei had gone ashore on March 10 after suffering engine failure. The vessel remained hard aground while salvage operations attempted to remove fuel off the vessel. However, salvage was suspended due to a severe storm which also caused the vessel finally broke-in-two. The hull cracked amidships and fuel oil was released from ruptured bunker tanks. Authorities dispatched a pollution response team to the scene along with multiple boats. Booms were placed around the pollution to contain any further oil released. Reports also state that several containers have fallen overboard which may contain hazardous chemicals.
Correction: The tanker struck was the tanker Tank (imo: 8681460) not the tanker Good Success.
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.
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).