On June 7, the 229 meter long, 81162 dwt bulk carrier Tong Shun suffered water ingress while berthed at Santos, Brazil. The Tong Shun was loading 69,000 tons of soy when it suffered hull failure resulting in water ingress in the ballast tanks. The flooding couldn’t be controlled increasing the vessel’s draft. With the additional draft, the Tong Shun touched bottom. No report of injuries.
Divers were requested to inspect the Tong Shun hull and pumping system. Authorities placed booms around the bulk carrier as a precaution if pollution is released.
On April 7, the 35 meter long tugboat Gene Dunlap ran ashore at Seattle, Washington. The Gene Dunlap was under tow by another tugboat heading to a nearby drydock when the vessel suffered water ingress. To avoid sinking, the tugboat pushed the Gene Dunlap into shallow water. Assisted by authorities, the crew was able to dewater the Gene Dunlap and make repairs. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 63 foot long fishing vessel Truline suffered damage off San Clemente Island, California. The vessel with 20 passengers and five crew had struck a submerged object and sustained hull damage. The Truline had suffered water ingress and the vessel’s pumps were unable to control the flooding.
The vessel sent out distress call with the Coast Guard responding. A Jayhawk helicopter, a 45-foot response boat and the 87 foot cutter Sockeye were dispatched to the scene. The vessels arrived on scene and assisted in evacuating the passengers off the Truline. No reports of injuries.
The Coast Guard assisted in dewatering the fishing vessel and escorted the Truline back to Newport Beach. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident. No reports of pollution released.