The 117 meter long, 4168 dwt passenger ship Ben.My.Chree suffered a fire while heading to Douglas, Isle of Man. The fire started in the galley with a large amount of smoke. The master and crew of the passenger ship responded quickly by sounding a general alarm and contacted the Liverpool Coast Guard. The crew were able to extinguish the fire using the CO2 extinguishers and blankets. No passengers were injured, but two crew were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. The local Isle of Man fire crew boarded to do follow-up checks. Reports state there was minimal damage and the vessel was able to continue on to Heysham later the same day.
The 94 meter long, 4969 dwt freighter Norholm became disabled off Pentland Firth, Scotland. The Norholm engines had failed during a gale with heavy rain and 5 meter swells. The crew contacted the RNLI who launched the lifeboat out of Thurso. Luckily, the Norholm’s crew were able to restore partial engine power. The lifeboat escorted the Norholm to the safety of Scrabster harbour. All of the 7 crew on board were uninjured.
The 122 meter long, 7450 dwt boxship Tropic Sun went aground off Salt Island, British Virgin Islands (18.3687°N 64.5356°W). The Tropic Sun was heading for St. Martin from Tortola when it ran onto the rocks. The boxship suffered some damage to it’s hull including bending its bulbous bow hard to port. However, there is no reports of leaks or pollution being released. No reports of injuries Luckily, the vessel just missed a prior shipwreck, the RMS Rhone, which sank in 1867. The Wreck of the RMS Rhone is a National Park and is a popular diving spot.