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Bulk carrier strikes another off Vancouver, damaging both ships
A bulk carrier struck another bulker that was anchored in Vancouver Harbor shortly after midnight on March 17, and Canadian authorities are trying to determine the cause.

The 751-foot Caravos Harmony was preparing to depart Vancouver with 21 crewmembers and a load of corn when it struck the 958-foot Pan Acacia at anchor near the city’s downtown. Pan Acacia was reportedly waiting to load coal.

Caravos Harmony, which sails under the Marshall Islands flag, sustained damage to its port-side bow structure in the allision. The Panama-flagged Pan Acacia reported a 6-foot gash on its starboard hull at its No. 4 cargo hold, according to Eric Collard, spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).

Reports in local media suggested Caravos Harmony lost power before the incident, although that could not be confirmed. No one was injured and no pollution was reported. Weather conditions at the time of the incident were not available.

Caravos Harmony was operating with a pilot from the British Columbia Coast Pilots at the time of the allision, as required in compulsory pilotage waters including Vancouver Harbor, said Paul Devries, spokesman for the pilots group.

“We are working closely with TSB in their investigation to determine the cause of the incident,” he said in an email. Devries declined to share details about the incident, citing the ongoing federal inquiry.

After the accident, Caravos Harmony sailed under its own power to a nearby anchorage. The 5,000-hp Seaspan Raven escorted the ship into position. Canadian authorities cleared Caravos Harmony to leave Vancouver on March 18, and AIS data indicates it left for Inchon, South Korea, later that night.

The 81,631-dwt bulker was built in China in 2013 and is managed by Iason Hellenic Shipping Co. The company did not respond to an email seeking information about the incident.

Towboat hits object, sinks near mouth of Mississippi
Three mariners escaped from a towboat that reportedly struck an underwater object and partially sank near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The 900-hp DeJeanne Maria was downbound in Pass a Loutre, La., pushing two empty dry cargo barges when it struck the undisclosed object at about 0200 on April 15, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The three crewmembers stepped onto the good Samaritan vessel Supporter 1 and were not injured.

DeJeanne Maria partially sank on its starboard side while its port side remained above water. The towboat carried as much as 7,000 gallons of fuel oil, and authorities believe about 60 gallons entered the water. As of midday on April 15, the vessel was blocking the channel in Pass a Loutre.

The oil spill response company ES&H deployed boom around the vessel, and drone footage suggested no discharge of oil from the sunken vessel. There were no signs of oil on nearby shores, the Coast Guard said.

The cause of the sinking, which occurred in the southernmost tip of the Mississippi where it meets the Gulf of Mexico, is under investigation. Denet Towing Service of Boothville, La., operated the 55-foot towboat. The company did not respond to a phone message seeking comment.

The heavy-lift ship Hawk, left, approaches Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., on March 29 with a floating dry dock. The ship later bumped a barge that struck USS Delbert D. Black, damaging the destroyer.

Courtesy USNI News

Barge, bumped by ship, hits destroyer at Ingalls
An inbound heavy-lift ship hit a work barge, which then struck a guided-missile destroyer under construction at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., damaging the warship.

The Norway-flagged heavy-lift ship Hawk “made contact” with a test barge berthed alongside the Arleigh Burke-class Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), said Bill Glenn, a spokesman for Huntington Ingalls Industries. The incident occurred at 1013 on March 29. Hawk was carrying a floating dry dock.

“The barge, which was supporting electrical work aboard the destroyer, in turn made contact with the destroyer,” Glenn said. “There were minor injuries treated at the scene by Ingalls’ medical personnel.”

The extent of the damage to Delbert D. Black was not disclosed by Ingalls or the Navy. The next-generation destroyer is named for the first master chief petty officer in the Navy, who also served on USS Maryland during the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II.

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