The "Awang Bajau" ran aground in the Berakit Bintan waters of Tanjung Berakit rafting, Bintan District, Riau Islands on Dec 25, 2013. The tanker got stuck on the coral reefs in the Malang Berdaun area, 1,5 miles from the mainland or in the coordinate Berakit 01" 14 N and 104" 32 E. The Tanjungpinang Search and Rescue (SAR) was notified by the nine crew members who were found in good condition. The ship was not leaking.
Oil from Manolis L cofferdam pumped aboard Coastguard ship
On Dec 23, 2013, the Canadian Coast Guard was able to deploy a ROV down to the wreck of the sunken cargo m/v "Manolis L." to see what has caused additional oil to be found on wildlife and the shorelines of the Change Islands region. The CCGS "George R. Pearke" remained in the Change Islands area during the holidays to keep an eye on the oil of the paper carrier, which sank in 1985 near Change Islands. The wreck has been leaking oil since last winter, but there was a more extreme event the past weekend when residents spotted oil in and around the shoal water and on the shoreline. In July, the Coastguard had worked on the vessel to contain the leaking oil. It used a neoprene seal on one part of the hull and a cofferdam on another. The neoprene seal near the middle of the ship, continued to work. The ROV however discovered that a cofferdam which was installed to capture oil from one of the leaks has shifted four to five metres due to sea conditions. The cofferdam can hold 3,200 litres of fuel, but it was not known how much was in it when it shifted or how much leaked out. The immediate focus was to get the cofferdam system — re-evaluate the design — and either modify the one that’s there or to install a new one. The "George R. Pearkes" was to pump the remaining oil from the cofferdam when weather permitted. The Coastguard was working with oceanographers to learn as much as they can about currents in the area so it could apply that knowledge working on the new cofferdam system.
As for the oil that leaked, an environmental response crew has been in the area. There was still a small amount of fuel discharging from the original tear in the hull, approximately four litres per day. This oil was non-recoverable and dissipated through wave action. The impact on the shores was minimal.
Rescue ships including the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) vessel "Aurora Australis", the Chinese “Xue Long and the “Astrolabe” headed to the "Akademik Shokalskiy" wouldn't reach the stricken vessel until at least the night of 27, 2013. There were 74 people aboard including 52 explorers and tourists, on the ship, which was on a Spirit of Mawson voyage along the edge. The privately funded expedition was to return to Mawson's Huts in Antarctica. The huts had been inaccessible for many years because of an iceberg. Three ice-breaking ships have been sent to assist the vessel 100 nautical miles east of the French base Dumont D’Urville, more than 1500 nautical miles south of Hobart. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said that those onboard the ship were not in danger. AMSA was alerted to a distress message sent via satellite from the vessel on Dec 25 about 9.20 a.m. (NZ time). They were on their way home to Bluff when they ended up marooned in a blizzard.
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