On October 18, the 69.5 meter long, 2494 dwt fish carrier Seikongen capsized and sank near Puerto Montt, Chile. The Seikongen loaded with 200 kilos of salmon bound for Chonchi when it suffered water ingress in the bow. Even though the Seikongen was nearly brand new, the fish carrier’s pumps were unable to control the flooding. To avoid sinking, the master of the Seikongen changed course for the closest shallow water. The Seikongen was able to run aground and it looked if the vessel would avoid sinking. However, the flooding continued causing the vessel to lose stability and develop a list to starboard. A short time later the vessel rolled over onto its side and sank just below the surface.
Reports state the 11 crew on board the Seikongen were safely evacuated before the vessel sank. Authorities deployed booms around the wreck in hopes to contain any pollution released. The Seikongen had some 67,000 litres of fuel on board at the time. Chilean Navy divers have inspected the hull and report no fuel leaks. Authorities have also stated the cargo of 37,000 salmon have most likely perished in the holds and would be left in the sealed holds to avoid damaging the environment.
The owners of the Seikongen are coordinating salvage efforts with Chilean authorities. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 124 meter long cargo vessel Quan Hai 88 ran aground in the Taiwan Strait off Quanzhou, China. The Quan Hai 88 was heading to Jiaxing from Dongguan with a cargo of gravel when it ran aground on the rocks. The vessel suffered hull damage and uncontrolled water ingress along its portside resulting in a slight list.
Authorities were alerted and dispatched rescue boats to the scene. All 16 crew of the Quan Hai 88 abandoned ship and were later rescued. No reports of injuries.
The current status of the Quan Hai 88 has not been reported. Authorities state there was no oil pollution released around the vessel.
The 79 foot long fishing vessel Pacific Paradise caught fire while being salvaged off Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii. Seven people were on board the grounded fishing vessel attempting to tow the vessel free when fire broke out below deck. Everyone on board the vessel was able to evacuate safely. No reports of injuries.
Reports state authorities attempted to douse the fire, but it remained to burn for several hours. The Pacific Paradise still had some 1500 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the fire. The cause of the blaze was not reported.