On April 20, the 30 meter long tugboat Powhatan sank at its berth in Starrigavan Bay near Sitka, Alaska. The Powhatan initially sank in 15 meters of water, but later the tugboat slid further underwater and now rests in 60 meters of water. No reports of injuries, but some oil pollution was released.
Reports state the vessel had some 325 gallons of lube oil and 12 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the sinking. The Coast Guard and local authorities were alerted and responded to the scene. Booms were placed on the surface to contain the pollution. An underwater camera will be deployed to monitor the vessel for any further release of pollution.
There are no reports if the vessel will be salvaged or not.
The 102 meter long ferry Panagia Parou sank in the Bay of Algeciras at port of Algeciras (Cádiz), Spain. The ferry had sustained damage after strong winds caused the vessel’s mooring ropes to snap. The ferry struck against the pier and suffered a hull breach at the stern. With no crew on board, the flooding continued unabated and the Panagia Parou began to sink.
Port authorities were alerted and attempted to keep the ferry afloat, but the vessel had sunk by the stern with the bow up in the air. Booms were placed around the Panagia Parou as a precautionary measure. A few hours later, the Panagia Parou capsized and sank on its port side.
The Panagia Parou had been docked at the port since March 2013 and later abandoned by its owners. Reports state the owners had failed to pay for repairs and the vessel had been detained. Authorities later emptied the vessel’s tanks and removed all fuel and oil contaminates. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 190 meter long, 56692 dwt bulk carrier Yue Dian 57 collided with the 40 meter long patrol vessel Zhongguohaijing 3062 near Nei Island in the Pearl River estuary, Guangdong, China. The bulk carrier was headed to Tianjin from Guangzhou when it struck the patrol vessel. The Zhongguohaijing 3062 capsized and sank sending the eight crew into water. Local fishermen were able to rescue all eight crew. No reports of injuries.
The Yue Dian 57 dropped anchor near the incident site. Authorities quickly dispatched a salvage team to the scene. A barge with a crane was able to raise the patrol vessel.
Reports state the Zhongguohaijing 3062 was engage in monitoring the area for illegal fishing. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.