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SHIP NAME: Genmar Strength KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
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784ft. tanker M/T Genmar Strength in collision with 101-foot crew boat M/V Rene I, in Sabine Channel between jetties where channel enters Gulf of Mexico. M/V Rene I capsized with all 4 crew -- 2 rescued, 1 found unconscious and Sabine pilot boat rescued 4th crew. Cause of collision is under investigation.

The rescued crew has died.


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R STRENGTH (Liberia, 56225gt) was in collision with crewboat RENE in Sabine Channel, Texas, between jetties where channel enters the Gulf of Mexico, 28-april-2005. RENE sunk. 4 seamen were rescued and brought to St.Mary’s-Port Arthur hospital. One of them died after 2 days.


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The accident occurred at 1124 on a clear day with excellent visibility in the Sabine-Neches Ship Channel, about 3.5 miles upriver from the end of the Sabine Jetties. Both vessels were headed downriver. The Genmar Strength, which was empty, was proceeding at about 8.5 knots, according to Lt. Ian Bird, of the CG MSO Port Arthur texas. The 110 ft Rene I was traveling at about 6.5 knots because there is a no wake zone between the Sabine Pilots station and the Coast Guard station at that point in the channel, according to Jim Skiles of Laborde Marine of Morgan City. which operates Rene I. The channel is about 500 yards wide where the collision accorred, according to Bird.

Rene I has left the dock at Horizon Offshore at about 1055 to make a trip to a Horizon pipe-laying barge offshore. The OSV was going south in the channel following the green buoys to starboard, Skiles said. When Rene I pulled into the channel, Genmar Strength was not visible to the captain, according to Skiles. The tanker came from around a bend inthe channel, he said.

The tankler struck Rene I on its starboard bow, then scraped along the side of the OSV, according to Bird. The OSV immediately rolled over and began sinking. The Genmar Strength struck the supply vessel a second time on its port side, kncking a hole 36 inches wide by 48 inches high into Rene 1.


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No cause info. The Skiles statements raise more questions than answers. USCG photo shows scrapes down starboard bow of Strength, no penetration, just paint. Looks like Strength was in ballast. Channel was closed at 1130, so assuming daylight collision. Where is the USCG report?