Category Archives: Grounding

Kertu

Photo: kustbevakningen.se
Photo: kustbevakningen.se

The 90 meter long cargo ship Kertu ran aground off off Rural Area, south of Nynashamn, Sweden.  The Kertu had run hard aground in severe weather with waves reaching 3 to 4 meters high. The cargo ship sustained significant hull damage.  Both the fuel tank and cargo hold suffered water ingress.  An unreported amount of fuel oil spilled out into the sea.

Photo: kustbevakningen.se
Photo: kustbevakningen.se

The crew notified authorities that the vessel was in distress and required assistance.  The Swedish Coast Guard dispatched several vessels to the scene and launched recovery operations.  The crew was able to transfer fuel oil from the damaged from the damaged tank into another undamaged tank.  The Kertu was refloated, but it was found that the water ingress was more than the vessel’s pump could manage.  Seven of the nine crew on the Kertu were evacuated safely by the Coast Guard while the remaining crew attempted to bring the flooding under control.

Photo: kustbevakningen.se
Photo: kustbevakningen.se

Flooding continued in the Kertu with the holds nearly 1/2 filled with water and the vessel began to list over to starboard. The Swedish Coast Guard was able to deliver additional pumps and help aid the remaining crew to get them running.  With in a short time, the pumps brought the flooding under control.  A pilot was brought on board and the vessel proceeded to Oxelösund.  No reports of injuries.  An investigation was launched by authorities.  Reports state the crew made a navigational error and steered the Kertu aground.

Elisabeth WR20

Elisabeth WR20
Photo: KNRM

The 23 meter long fishing vessel Elisabeth ran aground in the North Sea near Den Oever, Netherlands.  The crew found the fishing vessel had stranded on a sand bank and requested assistance. The Callanstoog KNRM dispatched their lifeboat to the scene.  However, the starboard engine failed on the Callanstoog lifeboat.  The lifeboat from Den Helder was nearby and was able to respond to the scene.  The Den Helder lifeboat found the rough seas and the fishing boat’s gear prevented the lifeboat from providing assistance.  The lifeboat stood by to monitor the situation. Fortunately, the the Elisabeth was able to refloat itself with the rising tide .  No reports of injuries to the 2 crew on the Elisabeth, damage or pollution released.

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.