Electrical Failure Leads to Loss of Steering and $6 Million in Damages
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A cargo ship and bulk carrier sustained damage following a collision in Sabine Pass ship channel over the weekend after one of the vessels suffered a loss of steering.
Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a report at about 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, that the Netherlands-flagged general cargo ship Damgracht collided the outbound bulk carrier AP Revelin.
A spokesperson for the Coast Guard tells gCaptain the Damgracht was inbound at Sabine Pass via the Port of Beaumont, when the crew noticed an engine alarm and shut down their engine as a preventative measure. This resulted in a loss of power/steering, and the vessel collided with the outbound AP Revelin.
The Damgracht sustained damage to its bow, whereas the AP Revelin sustained more severe damage to its port quarter. The Damgracht initially took on water but its pumps were able to keep up with the ingress of water.
The M/V Damgracht was carrying cement at the time of the accident.
The M/V Revelin, flying the Croatian flag, was carrying wood chips.
Following the collision, both ships anchored safely in the Sabine Anchorage and were undergoing damage assessments and planning for repairs. No injuries or pollution were reported.
Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur personnel and the National Transportation Safety Board are conducting a marine casualty investigation into the incident.
More photos of the damage are below:
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