Tag Archives: South Korea

Sewol

Photo: Yonhap

Photo: Yonhap

The 146 meter long passenger vessel Sewol sank off Jindo Island, South Korea.  The Sewol was en route to the island with 476 passengers and crew  when the vessel became disabled.  Passengers reported that they heard a loud  thumping sound and the vessel’s engine stopped.  The passenger ship than began to develop a list and before it rolled onto its side.  The vessel sent out a distress call with over 30 vessels responding.  Many passengers were rescued, but several were forced to jump overboard into the sea.   One person perished.   The cause of the incident was not yet known.  Reports state some 338 passengers were high school students and teachers travelling to the island on holiday.


 

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Wu Yi San

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The 330 meter long, 318445 dwt VLCC tanker Wu Yi San allided with a jetty at Yoesu, South Korea.  The Wu Yi San struck the pier causing damage to a pipeline.  The pipeline released some 164 metric tons of amount of crude, naphtha and other oil compounds into the water.   Authorities dispatched a response team to clean up the pollution.  Reports state efforts to remove pollution from the ocean and a 10 kilometer stretch of seashore involving some 70 vessels.  The tanker suffered only minor damage and  was moved to an anchorage outside the port.  No reports of injuries.

 

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Collision off Busan

Maritime Maisie

Photo: dwnews.com

On December 29, 2013, the 55700 gt car carrier Gravity Highway collided with the 44404 dwt chemical tanker Maritime Maisie off Busan, South Korea. The car carrier was on sea trials with 64 staff and crew when it struck into the port side of the tanker.  The Maritime Maisie suffered 8 meter hole and suffered a small explosion as two chemical containers of paraxylene and crylonitrile caught fire.   Authorities dispatched over a dozen rescue vessels and helicopters to the scene.  All 91 persons from both vessels were safely evacuated.   Some crew suffered minor injuries from slight burns. Authorities stated that the fire was under the control, but some 4000 tons of chemicals had already burned.  The tanker may break-up or sink as the vessel developed a 20 degree list from the water ingress.   The Maritime Maisie was en route to Ningbo from Busan. The car carrier was taken under tow to a nearby shipyard.  Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.


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