LPG tanker Waasmunster breached after collision at Le Havre anchorage

tanker WaasmunsterThe anchored product tanker Waasmunster, loaded with 18,000 tons butane, was breached after fishing vessel Gros Loulou collided with her at Le Havre anchorage. After the collision the LPG tanker suffered breach below the waterline and water ingress, which flooded one of the ballast compartments, but ship remained stable and afloat. The cargo tanks were not affected from the accident and there was no immediate danger for leaks or explosion. The French fishing vessel Gros Loulou also was damaged in the bow section, but had no water ingress and proceeded by own power to Port-en-Bessin, where docked for further inspection and investigation. The local authorities will follow full investigation for the root cause of collision, but fortunately there were no injures or water pollution.

The anchored product tanker Waasmunster suffered damages in the starboard and suffered water ingress, but without immediate danger for sinking or capsizing. The vessel remained stable and float. Diver were sent to make an inspection of the damaged board of the tanker. The hole was patched and repaired during the day and the water was pumped out from the flooded ballast compartment. The vessel remained anchored at Le Havre anchorage, waiting for order to enter port for unloading.

The LPG tanker Waasmunster (IMO: 9659103) has 174.00 m, moulded beam of 30.00 m and maximum draft of 9.20 m. The deadweight of the ship is 37,500 DWT and the gross tonnage is 25,000 GRT. The vessel was built in 2013 by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea. The owner and operator of the LPG tanker Waasmunster is Belgium company Exmar.

The fishing vessel Gros Loulou has overall length of 16.00 m, moulded beam of 5.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m. The gross tonnage of the ship is 41 GRT.