While product tanker Morning Express, laden with some 80,000 tonnes of naphtha
was lying idle at pilot station awaiting for a pilot
at approximately lat 34 38N, long 127 57E, some one mile South of Dae-do, off Yosu,
the vessel was struck by bulk Pos Bravery, laden with 190,000 tons of iron ore,
which was at the time reportedly approaching the pilot station to pick a pilot up.
As a result of this collision Morning Express
reportedly sustained damage to port side shell plate
in way of No.4 ballast tank and No.6 cargo tank with holes,
causing some 1,200 tons of naphtha to leak out into the sea polluting the site.
No crew injury was reported.
Pos Bravery reportedly sustained minor damage to the bow
but exact extent of damage was unknown up to this time.
Understand Morning Express is at present lying afloat at the site for inspection
and Pos Bravery is at present under cargo operation at Gwangy ang.
Following received from the Korean National Maritime Police Agency, timed 1020, UTC:
Product tanker Morning Express (56285 gt, built 2000) and bulk Pos Bravery (110593 gt, built 1992)
were in collision in lat 34 39 15N, long 127 57 00E, at 0440, local time today.
Morning Express sustained damage on port side.
Damage to Pos Bravery is currently under investigation.
London, May 26 -- A press report, dated today, states:
A 110,000-ton cargo vessel (Pos Bravery) carrying iron ore and a 56,000-ton oil tanker (Morning Express)
collided in the sea off South Korea's southern coast early this morning, maritime police said.
The collision triggered some oil leakage in the sea, about one mile south of Namhae, South Gyeongsang Province.
No casualties were reported in the accident, the police said.