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Panama-flagged, capesize bulk carrier Smart has now broken in two after grounding off Richard’s Bay in South Africa and suffering a structural failure.

A capesize bulk carrier ran aground off South Africa's Richard's Bay on Monday and suffered a structural failure.

Iraqi shipping traffic has remained consistent despite a truck bombing at Iraq’s largest port of Umm Qasr on Saturday, an Iraqi official has said.

Oil leaking from the the ro-pax ferry St Thomas Aquinas, which sank late last week with the loss of at least 50 lives, has spread to the coast of the Philippines, Reuters reports.

A fire on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico has been contained by salvage firm T&T.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is to set up an inquiry, and possibly look into criminal charges for the operators of ferry St. Thomas Aquinas and cargo vessel Sulpicio Express Siete which collided on 16 August in Cebu leaving at least 52 dead.

The Kiani Satu bulk carrier, which ran aground last week near Buffels Bay in South Africa was successfully refloated over the weekend.

 

Typhoon Utor claimed one ship as the bulker Trans Summer sank off Hong Kong on Wednesday morning. According to AIS data from marinetraffic.com, the vessel had been bound for the Guangdong port of Yangjiang when it sank 45 nautical miles southwest of Hong Kong.

A ClassNK casualty investigation into the sinking of MOL Comfort has ruled out a structural failure in the upper deck or hatch side coaming.

South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs’ Oil Spill Response team has reported that the oil spill from grounded bulker Kiani Satu is now “under control.”

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