LPG tanker collided with oil tanker off Chennai photo UPDATE

Jan 28 UPDATE: BW MAPLE bow struck DAWN KANCHIPURAM portside in front of superstructure in cargo tanks area, resulting damages seen on photos. there was a leak of DAWN KANCHIPURAM cargo, diesel and lube oil. Official statement said several tons leaked, but judging from photo, it may be more than several tons.

LPG tanker BW MAPLE collided with product tanker DAWN KANCHIPURAM at around 0400 LT Jan 28 near Kamaraiar Port, Chennai, India, Bay of Bengal, while proceeding on opposite courses. DAWN KANCHIPURAM in full load was approaching port, BW MAPLE in ballast was leaving. According to official statement, there was no leak, no assessment of damages yet. Local reports are confusing – some say it was a minor collision, merely contact, some say vessels were damaged, one seriously, with ensuing oil leak.

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