The 225 meter long, 68789 dwt bulk carrier Usolie collided with the 188 meter long, 40600 dwt tanker Seatrout on the Western Scheldt near Bath, Netherlands. Both vessels were headed downstream from Antwerp in ballast with the Seatrout headed for Ust-Luga while the Usolie was bound for Klaipeda. The Seatrout had not maintained enough distance where the channel narrowed and was struck at the stern by the Usolie. The Usolie sustained only minor damage and was allowed to continue on its voyage. The Seatrout was nudged out of the fairway and went aground on a mud bank. The vessel requested assistance with 4 tugs responding. The tugs waited until high tide before pulling the Seatrout free. Traffic was halted for vessels over 200 meters long and fishing was prohibited during the incident.
The Seatrout was towed to Vlissingen for inspection for damage. No reports of injuries on either vessel.
The 132 meter long, 4660 dwt tanker Volgoneft-210 collided with the 108 meter long cargo vessel Veles on the Azov-Don Sea Canal near Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Reports state the vessels were proceeding in reduced visibility when the Volgoneft-210 struck the Veles. The Veles sustained damage along the bulwark and main deck. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Both vessels were ordered to proceed to Rostov-on-Don for surveys. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On August 21, the 183 meter long, 50760 dwt tanker Alnic MC collided with the 154 meter long, US Navy Destroyer USS John S. McCain in the Strait of Malacca off Singapore. The Alnic MC’s bow struck the aft port side of the destroyer. The Alnic MC sustained damage to its fore peak ballast tank while the USS John S. McCain suffered a hull breach with several compartments flooded including crew quarters, machinery and communications rooms. Five sailors were injured while another 10 were initially reported as missing on the destroyer. Later reports state many of the crew missing had become trapped in the flooded compartments.
Both the Alnic MC and USS John S. McCain remained afloat and were able to proceed under their own power. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. The USS John S. McCain moored at the Changi naval base in Singapore.