On October 12, the 300 meter long, 209090 dwt bulk carrier Conquistador allided with a quay near Odessa, Ukraine. The Conquistador had arrived from Vancouver with coal and was maneuvering to a berth when it’s bow struck the quay. The bulker sustained a dent to its bow while the quay suffered some damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 190 meter long, 33205 dwt bulk carrier Emerald Star foundered some 150 nautical miles east of the coast off Cagayan, Philippines. The Emerald Star had departed from Buli, Indonesia with a cargo of nickel ore and 26 crew bound for Lianyungang, China.
While passing through the Luzon Strait, it encountered rough seas due to proximity of Typhoon Odette. The conditions caused the cargo to liquefy and the bulk carrier lost stability. The crew of the Emerald Star was able to sent out a distress call before the vessel capsized and sank.
The Japanese Coast Guard launched a search and rescue operation. Two boats and three aircraft were dispatched to search for survivors. Four nearby vessels joined the search operations. These nearby vessels were able to rescue 15 crew from the water.
Reports state 11 crew were still reported as missing. Search operations had been hampered by bad weather. An oil slick is visible around the area where the Emerald Star sank.
On October 10, a strong super cell storm struck KwaZulu-Natal along with the harbour at Durban, South Africa. The storm brought strong wind gusts and heavy rains causing several vessels to break their moorings and run aground.
The 348 meter long, 114733 dwt container ship MSC Ines broke free of its moorings and was blown across the harbour until it lay perpendicular to the harbour entrance. Five tugs were dispatched to refloat the boxship and assist it back to its berth. The MSC Ines sustained damage to its stern No reports of injuries or pollution released.
SM New York
The 336 meter long, 102518 dwt container ship SM New York broke its mooring and was blown aground on a nearby sand bank.
The 183 meter long tanker Bow Triumph broke its mooring at Island View and was blown aground on a nearby sand bank.
MSC Susanna & Maritime Newanda
Both the 337 meter long, 117095 dwt container ship MSC Susanna and the 190 meter long, 55820 dwt bulk carrier Maritime Newanda broke their moorings during the storm. Tugs were nearby and were able to hold the vessels in place until the storm abated.