Workboat sank during Aframax tanker unmooring, 2 missing, Mexico

Mooring boat PEMEX 365 sank in the process of unmooring crude oil tanker SEA VINE (IMO 9266877, dwt 106021) at Pajaritos Oil Terminal, Mexico, Gulf of Mexico, in the morning Jul 17. Tanker loaded with crude was departing, bound for Port Arthur, USA. During unmooring maneuverings, strong currents created by two assisting tugs propellers, pushed boat towards pier, PEMEX 365 allided with pier and sank. Of nine crew on board, seven were rescued, two went missing. They haven’t been found, so far. Tanker left Pajaritos as scheduled, ETA Port Arthur Jul 19.



My name is Nikolay Torkin, I’m Merchant Marine Master, presently in command of feeder container ship trading in South East Asia. My family lives in Prague, Czech Republic. Mikhail provides me with daily accidents reports, I send him information with regards to accidents and container ships.