The tug Salvage Titan ran aground at Barangay Marzan in Sanchez Mira, Philippines. The vessel was towing a barge with a crane en route to Malaysia, but was caught by bad weather and heavy seas. The towing tug was pushed to the shore and ran aground off the coast of Sitio Calingkingan. The accident was reported to the local authorities and the 19 crew members on board of the tug Salvage Titan were evacuated by Philippine Coastguard. Six from the seamen on board received medical assistance, but it was estimated that have minor injuries. The vessel remained stuck at the rocky shallow by starboard, probably breached and suffering water ingress. There is no immediate danger for the seaworthiness of the ship.
The local authorities are monitoring the area of the grounded tug, but there is no report about oil leaks and water pollution. The investigation for the root cause of the grounding is under way, as authorities are working on possible technical failure before grounding.
The tug Salvage Titan (IMO: 7522136) has overall length of 67.50 m, moulded beam of 14.00 m and maximum draft of 6.60 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 1,568 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,057 GRT. The towing tug was built in 1977 by De Hoop Scheepswerf in Heusden, Netherlands.