The LPG tanker Charlton and bulk carrier Rich Future collided on Punta Indio Channel in Rio de la Plata, Argentina. The bulker was en route to San Lorenzo and hit the LPG tanker proceeding underway to Senegal. The circumstances around the accident are not clear, but the both vessels were proceeding on crossing routes and bulker maneuvered in last minute, which was not enough to avoid collision. The bulk carrier Rich Future did not suffered serious damages and proceeded to San Lorenzo anchorage in river Parana, where anchored and waiting for inspection. The LPG tanker was damages, but remained afloat. The ship anchored at Punta Indio Channel, where will be repaired and inspected before return in service.
During the collision there was one injured seamen on board of the LPG tanker Charlton. He was medical treated at the local hospital and returned on board of the vessel. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. There is no report about water pollution during the accident.
The LPG tanker Charlton (IMO: 9341902) has overall length of 120.00 m, moulded beam of 19.00 m and maximum draft of 6.60 m. The deadweight of the ship is 9,127 DWT and the gross tonnage is 7,218 GRT. The vessel was built in 2006 by Miura Shipbuilding in their shipyard in Saiki, Japan. The owner and operator of LPG tanker Charlton is Singaporean company Komaya Shipping.
The bulk carrier Rich Future (IMO: 9622423) has overall length of 229.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 8.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 82,197 DWT and the gross tonnage is 43,022 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 2013 by Tsuneishi Shipbuilding in Fukuyama, Japan. The ship is owned and operated by Japanese company Fuyo Kaiun.