BW VLGC and product tanker collide off Chennai

Fuel has washed up on Indian shores following the collision of the VLGC BW Maple and product tanker Dawn Kanchipuram in the early hours of Saturday morning. The accident happened near Kamaraiar Port in Chennai with the fully loaded product tanker approaching the port and the gas carrier departing in ballast.

BW Maple’s bow struck just in front of the superstructure on the port side hull of the Dawn Kanchipuram with tons of diesel spilling from the latter. No one was injured in the incident and initial reports put the collision down to human error.

Clean-up operations on a stretch of beach are continuing Monday.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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