The 97 meter long cargo vessel Yu Tong 1 sank near Huilai, Guangdong, China. The Yu Tong 1 was headed to Jieyang from Maoming with 5000 tons of iron ore when it was hit by stormy weather. The Yu Tong 1 began to take on water by the heavy seas. The vessel’s pumps were unable to control the flooding and the Yu Tong 1 developed a list. Fearing the cargo vessel would capsize, the 14 crew alerted authorities and abandoned ship.
Two tugs along with 5 other vessels assisted in a search and rescue operation. Reports state all 14 crew were later rescued.
The 55 meter long coaster cargo vessel Lu Di 67 collided with the 190 meter, 56928 dwt bulk carrier Li Dian 2 in the Waigaoqiao Channel, Shanghai, China. The Lu Di 67 was struck by the Li Dian 2 resulting in hull breach and uncontrolled water ingress. The crew quickly abandoned ship into the canal before the Lu Di 67 sank. Seven crew were later rescued from the water by patrol boats. One crewman was reported as missing. Authorities report some pollution was seen near the incident site.
On October 18, the 69.5 meter long, 2494 dwt fish carrier Seikongen capsized and sank near Puerto Montt, Chile. The Seikongen loaded with 200 kilos of salmon bound for Chonchi when it suffered water ingress in the bow. Even though the Seikongen was nearly brand new, the fish carrier’s pumps were unable to control the flooding. To avoid sinking, the master of the Seikongen changed course for the closest shallow water. The Seikongen was able to run aground and it looked if the vessel would avoid sinking. However, the flooding continued causing the vessel to lose stability and develop a list to starboard. A short time later the vessel rolled over onto its side and sank just below the surface.
Reports state the 11 crew on board the Seikongen were safely evacuated before the vessel sank. Authorities deployed booms around the wreck in hopes to contain any pollution released. The Seikongen had some 67,000 litres of fuel on board at the time. Chilean Navy divers have inspected the hull and report no fuel leaks. Authorities have also stated the cargo of 37,000 salmon have most likely perished in the holds and would be left in the sealed holds to avoid damaging the environment.
The owners of the Seikongen are coordinating salvage efforts with Chilean authorities. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.