TS Taipei Update

TS Taipei

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.

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

Confid Breaks Up

Photo: limburger.nl

Photo: limburger.nl

The 85 meter long  self-propelled barge Confid broke-in-two on the Maas River near Lomm, Netherlands.  The Confid was loading 1400 tons of gravel when the vessel’s hull failed and broke-in-tow.  The bow section remained above water while the stern sank.  The four crewmen on board were able to escape by jumping into the water before the stern sank.  Oil was spotted and authorities requested an anti-pollution vessel while booms were placed around the vessel.  Reports states that some 7 tons of diesel fuel was on the Confid.  A vehicle on board the Confid at the time of the sinking was later recovered.  Divers surveyed the wreck, but no details reported to why the hull failed.  Salvage of the Confid is expected to take a week as the gravel must be removed first.

 


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