Day: October 24, 2015

Los Llanitos

Los Llanitos

Los Llanitos
Photo: eluniversal.com.mx

The 215 meter long, 71665 dwt bulk carrier Los Llanitos ran aground on Pacific Ocean near Barra de Navidad, Mexico. The Los Llanitos had left Manzanillo one day before Hurricane Patricia approached, but had been blown ashore unable to withstand the strong winds by the hurricane.  The bulker went ashore and sustained severe hull damage as it’s hull dragged along the rocky shoreline. The engine room and several sections of the hold suffered water ingress. Fuel tanks were also ruptured releasing pollution along the shore.  Authorities were alerted and a Mexican Navy helicopter was dispatched to the scene.  The helicopter rescued 19 of the 27 crew on board with the remaining crew voluntarily staying. No reports of injuries. Reports state the vessel was directed by port authorities to depart rather be in port when the hurricane made landfall.  Later reports state the Los Llanitos has suffered a large crack in the hull which may result in the vessel being scrapped.

 

Collision off Nigeria

Collision off Nigeria

Good Success
Photo: shipspotting.com

On October 19, the 180 meter long, 46874 dwt tanker Elixir collided with the 80 meter long, 4500 dwt tanker Good Success off Bonga FPSO, Nigeria. Both tankers were proceeding in low visibility when the Elixir struck the Good Success.  The Good Success quickly sank with 12 crew on board.  Three of the crew were later rescued, but the remaining remain missing or lost.  The details of the collision have not yet been reported, but authorities have stated that a last minute change of course caused the collision.  The tanker Elixir has been detained by authorities until the investigation is completed.

Elixir
Photo: shipspotting.com