On July 20, the 65 meter long, 1207 dwt cargo vessel ITT Panther sank in the Bay of Bengal off Diglipur, Andaman Islands. While proceeding from Kolkata in heavy seas, the cargo vessel suffered a cargo shift. The 11 crew on board abandoned ship as the developed a heavy list. All the crew were able to reach vessel’s life raft before the ITT Panther capsized and sank.
Indian authorities dispatched 2 coast guard vessels to the scene. The 11 crew were rescued 10 hours later by the Indian Coast Guard ship Rajkamal. No reports of injuries. Reports state the ITT Panther had been carrying miscellaneous cargo including 500 tons of sand, 200 tons of steel along with 29 containers
On July 17, Typhoon Talas struck in the Gulf of Tonkin causing damage to multiple vessels along Vietnam’s coast.
The cargo vessel VTB 26 capsized in the the Gulf of Tonkin. The vessel was headed to Nghe An from Quang Ninh with 4700 tons of coal. The VTB 26 attempted to ride out the typhoon at anchor some 4 kilometers off the coast.
Authorities were alerted after communication was lost to the ship. The tanker Lam Hong 99 spotted a overturn hull near Hong Ngu Island. Not until conditions improved several hours later, authorities launched a search and rescue operation. Nine vessels began a search of the area for survivors. Some 12 hours later, seven crew from the VTB 26 were rescued. Two bodies were also recovered. Suvivors were taken to hospital for treatment.
The captain of the VTB 26 was one of the survivors. He stated that the vessel had capsized by strong waves throwing many of the crew into the sea. He stated several crew were trapped below decks. Reports state 4 crew were still missing.
Minh Cong 68
The cargo vessel Minh Cong 68 went ashore in the port of Hon La, Vietnam.
The 92 meter long cargo vessel Truong Thanh 88 and the 4281 dwt cargo vessel Thai Ha 26 ran aground during the typhoon. Both vessels had been at anchor off Cua Lo when strong waves push both vessels ashore. Reports state both vessels were to be salvaged. The 70 meter long Viet Dung 36 was in the port of Cua Lo unloading 3000 tons of salt cargo before the typhoon struck. The vessel attempted to ride out the storm in the Lam River, but was blown onto a river bank with its bow completely out of the water. The cargo vessel Minh Khanh 09 also was blown onto a river bank. The vessel had also tried to ride out the typhoon on the Lam River but its anchor dragged.
On July 9, the 48 meter long towboat Eric Haney sank on the Mississippi River near Cairo, Illinois. Reports state all 9 crew was able to evacuate safely when the vessel sank. The towboat had some 79,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the sinking. Just after the sinking, a light sheen could be seen a short distance down river, but no further pollution was reported.
The Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit out of Paducah, Kentucky were dispatched to the scene to conduct an initial assessment. Authorities have deployed a boom around the vessel to contain any pollution that may be released. A salvage plan to pull the towboat out of the river is being worked on.
The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.