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SHIP NAME: Tsunami KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source CARGOLAW
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790-feet M/T Tsunami (odd timing for a vessel with this name) appeared to be out of control on Mississippi River and had struck a marine terminal Jan. 4, along the west bank, near Westwego. Tanker currently anchored at mile marker 102 near Westwego -- light sheen reported in area, but source not identified. (Fri. Jan. 7 2005)


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A tsunami wreaked havoc on the west bank of the Mississippi near Westwego, La., in January. A 793-foot tanker named Tsunami struck a marine terminal and seemed to be out of control, ] according to a bystander who called the Coast Guard. The crash ripped a three-foot gash above the water line of the tanker, which was carrying 20 million gallons of sweet crude oil, but the only spill was from a broken pipe at the pier that leaked caustic soda, which was cleaned up by contract ground crew. No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard is continuing its investigation into an accident earlier today where a 793-foot tanker struck a pier on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Westwego, La. There were no reports of injuries ashore or on the Maltese-flagged tanker Tsunami. A Coast Guard helicopter overflight observed minor sheening in the area, possibly a result of damage to the S.T. Services pier. Drug and alcohol tests have been administered and the results are pending. The Tsunami, which was carrying an estimated 20 million gallons of sweet crude oil, reportedly has a 3-foot gash above the waterline along the hull's port side. There have been no reports of pollution from the vessel. Contracted clean-up workers are responding to the release of caustic soda that was leaking into the river from broken piping at the pier. A watchstander at the Marine Safety Office in New Orleans received a report of the collision from an individual on scene at about 11 a.m. Coast Guard and other local agencies immediately responded to the incident.


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Visibility at the time was good. Ship was under pilotage. The owner Economou issued a statement saying "This incident was not caused through a mechanical or critical equipment failure on-board. This has been verified by local authorities and Class NK who have already attended onboard." The statement also said that the allision had caused shell damage in way of the port fuel tank and a 2500 mm long "thin crack" 50 mm below the main deck between frames 46 and 49 had been opened.

Maybe, but the ship was loaded and going up-river. The west side S.T. Services pier she hit is not a tanker terminal. She was not mooring here. In fact she was headed for the International-Matex Terminal at St Rose on the east side of the river. Why was she on the wrong side of the river?. And a witness said the ship looked out of control.

At this point, we dont know what happened. Fact that she hit well aft may have resulted from stern swing.

The ship was double hull, but the damage was so high, it is unlikely there would have been a spill even if she was single sided. Also at this point we do not know if the ship has double sides in way of the bunker tanks. Most ships built in 1992 did not.