Accident round-up: 14th October 2016

A barge towed by tug Capt Jim Green collided with the dock at Subsea 7 facility near Port Isabel in South Padre Island, resulting in a breach of the oil tank and a consequent spillage of 18 tons of low-sulphur diesel fuel in the Intercoastal Waterway in Texas.

The breach of damaged tank was patched and secured by emergency teams sent by the US Coast Guard but in the interim about 5,000 gallons of low-sulphur diesel fuel leaked. The oil spots were surrounded with oil booms but a large quantity reached the shore, endangering wildlife. Of the oil leaked, as much as 2,000 gallons were trapped in voids in the barge and did not enter the water.

The Intracoastal Waterway is a 3,000-mile inland waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts of the US. It stretches from Boston, Massachusetts to Brownsville, Texas.

A barge grounded on the Danube river at Niederalteich in Germany, hampering traffic on the shipping channel. The barge, carrying 750 tons steel sheets, appears to have grounded because of overloading. It failed to refloat by its own power.

General cargo vessel Vsg Glory got stranded north of Sandakan, northern Borneo tip, in Sulu Sea, on October 9th. Its arrival in Singapore is now overdue. The vessel is reported as grounded (as of night of October 12th), but no further details are available.

General cargo vessel Auriga ran aground in Kiel Canal at around 11.20 UTC on October 12th near Tackesdorf, while heading north en route for Finland. The vessel was refloated with the help of a tug, and resumed sailing at around 14.00 UTC, eventually reaching dock in Holtenau where it awaits a survey. It is understood that the vessel, owned by Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co, is a member of Swedish Club.

Fish carrier Gunnar Tordarson reported a propeller fouled in nets and asked for assistance on the evening of October 12th off Bildudalur, Iceland. Iceland Coast Guard ship Thor is ready to tow the disabled vessel to Bildudalur when the weather improves.