On October 24, 2002 the M/T DILIGENCE was outbound in the Sabine/Neches Canal making 3 knots.
As it neared the Port of Port Arthur,
the vessel's propulsion motor unexpectedly tripped out
causing the vessel to be momentarily without main propulsion.
The vessel was able to restart them within a few minutes.
In the meantime, the pilot ordered the port anchor to be let go
as the vessels bow continued to fall off starboard.
The pilot directed the bow thruster to full port
as soon as it became apparent that propulsion was lost.
The M/T DILIGENCE struck the M/V SUN SUMA at 2141.
The M/V SUN SUMA was docked port side to berth #2
at the Port of Port Arthur with tug SAN PATRICIO and BUFFALO
BARGE 251 along side to conduct bunkering operations.
The pilot was able to contact the M/V SAN PATRICIO
via VHF radio in time to secure bunkering and limit damages.
The vessel held position in the canal
until two assist tugs arrived and berthed the vessel at dock #5.
USCG attended all vessels to inspect for damage.
Issued CG 835 to have class attest to both vessels, since one is a foreign flagged vessel and the
other is in the Alternate Compliance Program (ACP).
The tug and barge sustained minor denting and superficial damage.
The transfer line was crimped but replaced prior to continuing bunkering.
The M/V SUN SUMA sustained 36 feet of rail damage,
a bit was knocked loose, and there was
superficial damage along the deck knuckle.
The M/T DILIGENCE sustained rail damage as well.
In addition, there was a 2" buckle along the stringer
6-8" along the deck and the side shell 5' down
from the deck was crushed in approximately 3'.
The effected 7 side stringers and 3 frames.
A survey report is enclosed as evidence.
No pollution was reported for this incident.
The master and chief engineer of the M/T DILIGENCE, as well as both pilots,
received drug testing following the incident.