On February 17, the 60 meter long cargo vessel Shenzhou 19 sank near Shanghai, China. The vessel was en route to Guanzhou from Shanghai when the vessel foundered off Zhoushan. Authorities were alerted and requested assistance in a search and rescue in the area. Some 20 vessels joined authorities in searching for the six crew of the Shenzhou 19. Three crew of the Shenzhou 19 were pulled from the water, but later succumbed to hypothermia.
Search and rescue efforts continued for another two days for the remaining three missing crew. No further details reported.
On February 18, the 170 foot long towboat Washington allided with a bridge over the Ohio River between Evansville, Indiana and Henderson, Kentucky. The Washington was pushing 10 empty barges when it struck the middle pier of the Twin Bridge. There was no damage to the towboat or barges and the bridge sustained only a minor scrape. Authorities were alerted to the incident and traffic was reduced on the bridge until it could be inspected. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On February 17, the 75 meter long, 1577 dwt cargo vessel Mutiara Ocean ran aground in the Gulf of Tomini, Indonesia. The Mutiara Ocean was headed for Tilamuta Harbor from Garongkong with a cargo of cement when the vessel grounded at the bow during low tide. The crew contacted authorities and dropped anchor until the rising tide. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.