The LPG tanker BW Mapple collided with product tanker Dawn Kanchipuram at Bay of Bengal near Kamaraiar Port in Chennai, India. The LPG tanker was leaving the port under ballast, while the product tanker Dawn Kanchipuram was under cargo en route to dock into the port, but both were on crossing routes. The bow of BW Mapple struck at the product tanker’s portside in front of superstructure in cargo tanks area. The accident was reported to the local authorities, which dispatched rescue boats at the scene of the accident to assess the damages of the ships and follow an investigation. The root cause of the collision is unknown, but according to preliminary information it was caused by human mistake and violation of ColReg. There was a leak from the Dawn Kanchipuram cargo, diesel and lub oil.
Coast Guard helicopter has been sent to survey the area around the vessel to assess the quantity of leaked oil. The hazmat emergency procedures were activated and the oil spot was surrounded by oil booms to restrict spreading by the shore.
“There is no damage to the environment like oil pollution and no casualty or injury to persons. Both vessels are safely afloat and anchored. Extents of damage to the vessels are under assessment”, says the statement of the Kamarajar Port authorities. “All top officials of port closely monitoring and the situation is under control. An enquiry has been ordered to find the cause of accident. All other ship movements are normal.”, adds the statement.
The LPG tanker BW Mapple (IMO: 9320752) has overall length of 225.00 m, beam of 36.60 m and maximum draft of 11.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 58,136 DWT and the gross tonnage is 47,386 GRT. The LPG tanker BW Mapple was built in 2007 by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea. The owner and operator of the ship is BW Fleet Management.
The product tanker Dawn Kanchipuram (IMO: 9116917) has overall length of 181.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 10.70 m. The deadweight of the ship is 44,885 DWT and the gross tonnage is 29,141 GRT. The vessel in 1996 by Halla Engineering and Heavy Industries in Incheon shipyard in South Korea.