The 19 ton tug KitaMaru No. 12 capsized while assisting the Japan Coast Guard cutter Miura at Wajima, Japan. The Kita Maru No. 12 was one of two tugs pulling the Miura from a quay when it capsized. The two men on board were thrown into the water. Reports state both men had drowned before rescuers could reach them. Conditions at the time had 6 to 9 foot waves and 20 mph winds in the area.
The 223 meter long, 28094 dwt bulk freighter Canadian Miner went aground on Scatarie Island off Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The freighter was under tow when the towline parted in heavy seas and it went ashore. The Miner has 6.5 metric tons of fuel on board to run the generator. Initial attempts to pull the freighter off the rocks had failed. The Coast Guard is monitoring the situation, but there were no immediate environmental concerns. The Miner was en route to Aliaga, Turkey to the breakers. The Canadian Miner was built as the Maplecliffe Hall in 1966 to haul iron ore and grain on the Great Lakes.
The 88 dwt fishing vessel Donets collided with an anchored submarine while passing through Avacha Bay, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia. The Russian Navy confirmed that the collision was with one of it’s nuclear submarines stating there was no significant damage in the collision. No reports of injury or pollution. An investigation team has reported that the entire crew of the Donets was intoxicated at the time of the incident.