Manila: Three holes were torn in the hull of a bulk carrier when a tropical storm sent the loaded ship smashing on to its berthing dolphin at Garcia Hernandez in Bohol, the Philippines.
The MV Goldeneye was swept on to a berthing dolphin by huge waves caused by tropical storm Queenie. Its side was scraped and three holes were punctured in its hull, an official from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) told local press.
A huge wave at the height of the storm on November 27 deposited the ship on top of a fallen dolphin, where it is now stuck.
The Goldeneye’s bunkers must be offloaded and the vessel refloated before it can be pulled off its grounding and towed to a drydock in Subic, the PCG said.
The PCG is now worried that waves caused by tropical storm Ruby could dislodge the vessel and cause an oil spill from the 300 tonnes of bunkers onboard.
The MV Goldeneye (52,400 DWT, built 2001) was loaded with limestone, mined from the Philippine Mining and Sintering Corporation, at the time of the incident. The vessel is operated by the US's Eagle Ship Management. [8/12/14]