The incident occurred on October 3 at about 3.15 a.m local time. The vessel was proceeding with two pilots in the North Pier when the heavy swells forced it to struck the sea bottom. The Pacific Quartz is laden with 34,821 metric tonnes of high speed diesel.
The tanker sustained damage to the starboard side of its ballast tank just in front of the accommodation quarters. The damage resulted in water ingress but there were no reports of injuries or pollution.
An investigation into the incident has been launched by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).
Pacific Quartz ( IMO number 9573696 and MMSI 636015154) was built in 2011 and is registered in Liberia. The 180-metre vessel has a deadweight of 47,941 DWT. The vessel is managed by Eastern Pacific Shipping.
Pacific Quartz in the Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal.