Car carrier Ocean Tango grounded by storm in Busan

Ocean Tango agroundThe car carrier Ocean Tango grounded by storm in Busan, South Korea. The ship was docked at Yeong-gu area, but due to strong winds and heavy seas broke mooring lines and grounded in rocky shallow. The car carrier Ocean Tango hardly stuck and suffered damages in the underwater sections of the hull, as well as breaches in fuel tanks. The ship got water ingress is some ballast compartments, but remained stable without immediate danger of capsizing. The breaches into the fuel tanks caused oil spill and water pollution, but bad weather disturbed booming of the vessel and strong winds spread the oil spot to the shore.

Several tons of heavy fuel oil spilled into Yeong-gu area on Busan and currently under cleaning. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. The salvage operations will be carefully planned, due to complicated condition of the ship and risk of additional breaches.

The car carrier Ocean Tango (IMO: 8505355) has overall length of 87.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 2,736 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,525 GRT. The ship was built in 1985 by Usuki Iron Works in Saiki, Japan. The owner and operator of the car carrier Ocean Tango is Pan Korea Logistic.