Alfa

Alfa

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On August 20, the 90 meter long, 4156 dwt cargo vessel Alfa became disabled off Yeosu, South Korea. The Alfa was en route to China from Nakhodka with a cargo of timber when it encountered heavy seas in the Korea Strait. The timber cargo on board the Alfa shifted causing the cargo vessel to develop a heavy list of 45 degrees. With the vessel in danger of capsizing, the crew requested assistance. The South Korean Coast Guard responded and was able to safely evacuate all 15 crew on board. No reports of injuries.

Alfa

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The abandoned Alfa drifted with the heavy seas before it ran aground between Jeju and Tsushima Island. Reports state part of the timber cargo has fallen overboard posing a potential hazard to vessels in the area.

Lavinniy

lavinny

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The 49 meter long, 463 dwt fishing vessel Lavinniy capsized while berthed in Busan, South Korea. Reports state the vessel had undergone repairs and a pipe had been cut off in the engine room resulting in water ingress. The Lavinniy capsized and partially sank with its starboard hull resting on the bottom. No reports of injuries. The trawler is to be refloated a few days later allowing other fishing vessels to leave port.

Strilen

strilen

The 149 meter long, 19996 dwt tanker Strilen caught fire while berthed in Busan, South Korea. The fire started in the vessel’s superstructure forcing the evacuation of the 23 crew on board. No reports of injuries. Local firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze. The cause of the fire was not reported.

Jinlong 7

The 86 meter long cargo vessel Jinlong 7 caught fire in the East China Sea near Jeju Island, South Korea. The Jinlong 7 was en route to Shanghai from Rajun with a cargo of 1200 tons of timber when a fire broke out in the engine room.  The crew was able to extinguish the blaze before help had time to arrive. The fire disabled the vessel and it was towed to Seogwipo, Jeju island for repairs. Reports state the fire was started by a broken fuel pipe.

Dolgorae

Dolgorae

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The 9.7 tonne fishing vessel Dolgorae capsized off Chujado Island, South Korea. The vessel with 21 persons on board capsized after being caught by nets used by fish farms. The master of the Dolgorae ordered passengers to abandon ship as the fishing vessel filled with water.  Those able to escape clung to the overturn hull for 10 hours before rescuers arrived. Reports state 10 perished with another 8 reported missing.  Three survivors were flown to a nearby hospital for treatment.