The 229 meter long freighter Petalon loaded with coal went aground in the Thimble Shoals Channel, Chesapeake Bay. The vessel was refloated a few hours later. The Coast Guard sent out a navigation team to check to see if the navigation buoys are in the proper place. The Army Corps of Engineers are also doing a survey of the channel to verify the depths. The Petalon will have an inspection for damage. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.
Reports state the 122 meter long, 902 dwt passenger ship Kong Harald had damaged its hull while crossing the Lepsøyrevet. The Kong Harald had left Alesund with 226 people on board heading towards Molde, Norway. When the vessel reached midway, it struck bottom. The Lepsøyrevet area has shallow areas of 5.4 meters deep at low tide while the Kong Harald hull reaches 5 meters underwater. When divers did an inspection, the damage was significant with two bottom tanks holed. Passengers were informed they would be transferred to other forms of transport including bus, plane or ship. Many passengers had planned a 11 day cruise of the Norwegian coast on the Kong Harald. The Kong Harald is set to be dry docked for repairs. No reports of injuries or pollution being reported.