Category Archives: Grounding

Ocean Researcher V

Ocean Researcher V
Photo: Taiwan Coast Guard

On October 10, the 73 meter long, 2,700 ton research vessel Ocean Researcher V ran aground and sank off Penghu Islands, Taiwan. The Ocean Researcher V departed October 5 from Tainan City for an eight day research expedition with 27 researchers and 18 crew. On October 10, the Ocean Researcher V was seeking shelter from Typhoon Vangfong when it ran aground onto a reef near Penghu Islands. The vessel sustained hull damage with water ingress.  The vessel lost power and was sinking.  The crew  quickly sent out a distress call.

Ocean Researcher V
Photo: Taiwan Ministry

Authorities dispatched two navy vessels and four patrol boats from the Coast Guard. A helicopter was dispatched and attempted to airlift the people off the research vessel, but large waves snapped the cable holding  the cage.   The 45 people on board put on life jackets and abandoned ship.  Some were able to climb into rubber life rafts while others jumped into the sea.

Rescuers pulled 43 survivors which 25 had suffered injuries. Two bodies were also recovered.  Reports state the two who perished were researchers including the head researcher leading the expedition.

Reports state the ministry who owns the vessel will attempt to salvage the research vessel.  The Ocean Researcher V cost $48 million (US) to build in 2013.

Welle

Welle

The 119 meter long, 3848 dwt general cargo vessel Welle ran aground on the Azov-Don Canal in the Don River delta. The Welle was en route from Rostov-on-Don to Icdas, Turkey with 2900 tons of scrap when it suffered failure in its steering gear.  The Welle was later refloated later the same day being assisted by a tug.  The Welle was towed to a nearby anchorage where the crew was to repair the steering. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.

Gulf Rover

Gulf Rover
Photo: shipspotting.com

The 130 meter long general cargo vessel Gulf Rover ran aground on the Volga-Caspian Sea Canal near the 129 kilometer mark. The Gulf Rover was en route to Baku with 4427 tons of steel when it grounded in the fairway. A tug was requested and was able to refloat the vessel the following day. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state the water depth was less than reported in the fairway.