The 55 meter long, 471 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Soby capsized at Mindelo, Sao Vincente Island, Cape Verde. The Soby was unloading containers when one container slid on the vessel’s deck. The ferry continued to tilt with a heavy list to port. All the crew evacuated the Soby before it capsized and partially sank on its port side hull.
There are no reports of water pollution, but authorities are monitoring the area for leaks. Salvage operations will begin on the next high tide. Reports state the vessel had over 1oo tons of cargo still on board at the time.
On March 21, the 85 meter long cargo vessel LCT Marc Jason III capsized and sank off the shore of Malabuyoc, Cebu, Philippines. The LCT Marc Jason III was headed to Bantayan Island from Tampi, Amlan with a cargo of sand. As the vessel was off Malabuyoc, it began to list. The LCT Marc Jason III berthed at Malabuyoc where it continued to list forcing all 17 crew abandoned ship. No reports of injuries.
The following day, the LCT Marc Jason III capsized completely and sank just 50 meters from the shore. No reports of pollution released, but local authorities are concern that pollution may be released if the vessel isn’t salvaged quickly.
The 82 meter long, 3201 dwt cargo vessel Tinaztepe S sank off Libya at the Misrata anchorage. The Tinaztepe S had been at anchor awaiting for a berth when it was struck by rough weather conditions and heavy seas with waves reaching 4 meters high. The cargo of construction material shifted on the cargo vessel and resulted in several hull breaches. As the vessel flooded, it suffered hull failure and broke-in-two. Both the bow and stern of the Tinaztepe S quickly sank a few minutes later.
Nearby vessels alerted local authorities that the Tinaztepe S had capsized who dispatched rescue boats to the scene. Rescuers were able to pull six crew from the sea. All six crew were reported in good condition and were uninjured. The remaining seven crew were reported as missing and presumed lost.