DECEMBER 30, 2013 — A chemical tanker that collided with a newbuild car carrier and caught fire could break in two, Korea's Arirang News today quoted officials as saying. The officials said that the tanker had been left with a large hole in its side.
The car carrier, the 55,700 gt Gravity Highway is under construction at Hyundai Mipo for Israel's Ray Shipping. It was on shipbuilder's sea trials some 9 miles off Busan when the collision took place at 2.15 local time, according to media reports.
The chemical tanker, the Maritime Maisie, was carrying 29,337 tons of flammable chemicals and Yonhap News Agency reports that 4,000 tons of paraxylene and acrylonitrile were burned.
There were a large number of people on board the car carrier for the sea trial, however, all 91 people from both vessels were rescued in an effort involving 16 rescue boats, Navy ships and helicopters.
Some tanker crew members suffered light burns and abrasions.
This morning, the car carrier was reportedly under tow to Busan.