Day: October 17, 2015

Collision off Japan

Collision off Japan

Sulphur Garland
Photo: yomiuri.co.jp

The 101 meter long, 4965 dwt tanker Sulphur Garland collided with the 90 meter long, 2018 gt tanker Wako Maru No. 2 in the Shimonoseki Strait near Shimonoseki City, Japan. The Sulphur Garland struck the Wako Maru No. 2  on its starboard hull. The Wako Maru No. 2 was holed and released some 13,000 litres of fuel oil was spilled into the sea. Reports state an oil slick formed around the tanker.  The bow of the Sulphur Garland was crushed, but no reports of pollution released. No reports of injuries on either vessel. Authorities dispatched vessels to the scene to collect some of the pollution from the sea and place booms around the Wako Maru No.2.

 

Tokyo Spirit

Tokyo Spirit

Tokyo Spirit
Photo: shipspotting.com

The 274 meter long, 149,996 dwt oil tanker Tokyo Spirit ran aground in Cascais Bay off Lisbon, Portugal. The Tokyo Spirit had arrived in ballast to Cascais for repairs. While awaiting permission to enter the port, the tanker dropped anchor offshore. While at anchor, weather conditions worsen with heavy seas and winds reaching 50 knots causing the tanker to drag her anchors. The Tokyo Spirit was blown aground just outside the breakwater. The 22 crew on board decided to stay on board until the tanker could be refloated.

Assisted by seven tugs, the tanker was later refloated the following day.  The Tokyo Spirit was pulled free and towed to Port of Setúbal. No reports of injuries or pollution released.