The 154 meter long, United States Navy destroyer Fitzgerald collided with the 223 meter long, 39565 dwt container ship ACX Crystal in the early morning hours off Yokosuka, Japan. The ACX Crystal bow had struck the starboard hull of the Fitzgerald causing significant damage including water ingress in three compartments. The ACX Crystal sustained scrapes and dents along its bow, but damage is reported to be limited.
The captain of the Fitzgerald sustained injuries and was medivac off the vessel. Another sailor was evacuated off the vessel by the Japan Coast Guard. Reports state 7 sailors on the Fitzgerald were reported missing.
The Fitzgerald was able to head back to port under its own power. Escorted by the Japan Coast Guard, the Fitzgerald proceeded with limited propulsion.
On May 31, the 104 meter long, 4999 dwt tanker Kiyosato Maru and the 115 meter long, 6600 dwt bulk carrier JP Cosmos collided in Tokyo Bay near Yokohama City, Japan. The port stern section of the JP Cosmos had struck Kiyosato Maru’s bow. Both vessels sustained damage, but there was no injuries or pollution released. The JP Cosmos was loaded with 6220 tons of coal while the JP Cosmos only had 2 tons of naphtha on board at the time of the incident. Both vessels were ordered to remain at anchor while authorities investigate the incident.
The 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Piz Palü ran aground on the Rhine near Niederdollendorf, Germany. The Piz Palü was headed to Rotterdam from Königswinter when it collided with the 171 meter long barge-combo Rhenus Thionville 1 and Rhenus Thionville 2. The two barges were headed upstream with a cargo of coal when they collided amidship of the Piz Palü.
The Piz Palü sustained a hull breach above the waterline while the Rhenus Thionville 2 sustained a large dent along its port side. The Piz Palü later drifted aground on a nearby embankment. The tanker-barge was later pulled free later the same day and proceeded to Bonn. No reports of injuries or pollution released.