A very strong explosion occurred on Cattalini pier
during the discharging operation of MT VICUNA (methanol cargo)
at around 1930 of Nov 15th and after one hour approx the FWD vsl started
partially sunk into the water while alongside at Cattalini pier.
Today 16th AM have noticed that the midship was broken and sunk.
During the explosion a considerable quantity of oil was spilled in the water
and authorities have worked hard during all over last night
to avoid such oil spread in the bay
and stop all maneuverings for about 2 hours.
For the time being the oil spilled is under control
but hard work will continue for undetermined period.
As far as the news coming up to us, it seems that 4 crew members
and the surveyor from the Lloyd Register are disappeared
but most of the crew were rescued last night but numbers still unknown,
besides some surveyors were on board together with the shipping agents
but so far all of them are under doctor´s care.
Salvage company SMITH TAK and WIJSMULLER are presently at Paranagua to commence the ship´s rescue,
however the companies are preparing the equipments to commence the operation.
First step is to take out the ship´s deck from the pier of Cattalini,
as after the explosion the ship´s deck was flung to the pier.
The authorities have started the investigation
and according to the informations received from them
the results of the investigation will take around 10/12 days,
therefore only after this investigation conclude
the salvage companies can start their work.
A floating crane has been hired to assist on the operation.
A diver company from Netherlands was also requested to join the salvage team.
The ship´s IFO still leaking in the water
and technicians are trying to stop it but upto now no success,
it believes that the vsl had on board around 500 to 700 MT of bunker.
A daily and often meeting are been held
with port authorities/navy/Cattalini terminal
as well as the insurance company in order to define the best solution.