Category Archives: Grounding

Amakusa Island

Photo: Canada NTB
Photo: Canada NTB

On July 14, the 228 meter long, 81887 dwt bulk carrier Amakusa Island ran aground at Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.  The Amakusa Island had departed from the Ridley Island Port dock with 80,000 tons of coal  proceeding to a nearby anchorage when it grounded.  The vessel suffered  hull damage and reported water ingress flooding two buoyancy compartments. The Amakusa Island quickly developed a small list after the grounding,  but was in no danger of sinking.  The Coast Guard responded to the scene and assessed the situation. Tugs were requested and arrived on the scene a short time later.   At high tide, the tugs were able to refloat the Amakusa Island and proceeded to a nearby anchorage.  No reports of injuries or pollution released.  Damage to the hull prevents the Amakusa Island to depart from Prince Rupert.  No reports if repairs will be done in situ or at a berth in Prince Rupert.  The Canadian Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.

Gelis Rauh Burned To Water’s Edge

Gelis Rauh 8

The 72 meter long, 348 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Gelis Rauh caught fire while in the Lombok Strait near Padangbai, Bali.  The Gelis Rauh was en route to Lombok Island with 53 passengers, 13 lorries and 20 crew when fire erupted from the car deck. The fire quickly spread through the superstructure and soon engulfed the entire ferry.  Uncontrolled, the fire disabled the ferry and the vessel drifted until it grounded just short of the shore.   Fire boats and fire fighters operating from shore tried to contain the blaze,  but it consumed the ferry down to the water’s edge.  The remains of the Gelis Rauh partially sank a short time later.

Photo: sindonews.com
Photo: sindonews.com

Reports state all persons on board were able to abandon ship. Several people suffered minor burns and were taken to hospital for treatment.  Reports state the evacuation off the vessel was slowed due to incorrect lighting on the ferry.  

Super Shuttle Roro 5

Super Shuttle Roro 5

The 101 meter long, 2900 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Super Shuttle Roro 5 ran aground in Batangas Bay near Batangas City, Philippines.  The Super Shuttle Roro 5 was seeking shelter from Typhoon Glenda when it was blown aground while entering Batangas Bay. No reports of injuries.  Reports state there were no passengers on board at the time.  The Philippine Coast Guard has deployed personnel to the scene to assist the crew of the ferry.  Tugs were able to refloat the Super Shuttle Roro 5 later the same day.