On January 15, the 56 meter long cargo vessel Star Lord became disabled in the Taiwan Strait off Changhua, Taiwan. The Star Lord was en route to South Korea from Kaohsiung, Taiwan when it suffered a cargo shift. The vessel sustained a significant list to port. Unable to correct the list, the crew dropped anchor and sent out a distress call. Taiwanese maritime authorities dispatched a helicopter to the scene. The helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted all 7 crew off the Star Lord to safety. No reports of injuries.
No reports on salvage efforts for the cargo vessel. Authorities state the Star Lord remains afloat and continues to monitor the area.
On January 9, the 62 foot long tugboat Gulf Man sank 6 miles northeast of Andros Island, Bahamas. The Gulf Man with a barge under tow departed from Miami bound for the Bahamas when it sprung a leak. With the crew unable to control the flooding, the vessel began to sink. The Coast Guard received an alert from the Gulf Man‘s emergency position tracking radio beacon (EPIRB) and launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to the scene. The helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted all three crew off the sinking tug. No reports of injuries. The helicopter flew the crew to Nassau, Bahamas. No further details reported.
On January 10, the 140 meter long, 6407 dwt tanker Glard 2 collided with the 138 gt fishing vessel Dursun Ali Coşkun in the Black Sea some 5 miles off the coast of Kilyos, Turkey. The Glard 2 was headed to Izmir from Rostov-on-Don in heavy fog when it struck the fishing vessel. The Dursun Ali Coşkun quickly filled with water and sank within minutes. Three of the 6 crew on board the Dursun Ali Coşkun were later rescued from the water. The survivors were taken ashore and transported to hospital for treatment.
The Turkish Coast Guard launched a search and rescue operation to look for the remaining three men. The Coast Guard dispatched multiple lifeboats, patrol boats and helicopters to the scene. Nearby fishing boats assisted in the operation. By the next day, the Coast Guard had recovered the bodies of the missing men. Reports state the men may have been trapped in the cabin on the Dursun Ali Coşkun and were not able escape before the fishing vessel sank.
Reports state the Glard 2 proceeded to an anchorage near the entrance to the Istanbul Strait. No reports of injuries or pollution released from the tanker. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.