The 56 foot long fishing vessel Silver Lady suffered an explosion while berthed at Port Townsend, Washington. The vessel was recharging its batteries when it exploded. The explosion damaged machinery on board, but the hull remained intact. The Coast Guard responded quickly as the Cutter Osprey was docked nearby. The explosion may have resulted by acetylene tanks and oxygen tanks stored near the batteries. No reports of injuries. The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the incident.
The stern section of the container vessel Rena finally slipped off the Astrolabe reef and sank. Last report shows just the foremost section of the stern awash in the swells. Salvage tugs attempted to control which direction where the stern was sinking, but the stern sank before any action could be taken. The bow section still remains firmly on the reef.
Debris remains to be the largest issue. Large number of containers have reached the beaches on Matakana Island and Waihi Beach. The shoreline is covered with plastic bags of milk powder, recycled paper, timber and oil. The remaining oil trapped deep in the stern section was released and a slick has formed around the reef. Reports state oil was removed off the beaches around Mount Maunganui, Main Beach and Leisure Island.
The 170 meter long, 30109 dwt freighter Fortune Express became disabled in the Bosphorus (Istanbul Strait) after suffering an engine failure. The authorities halted traffic and dispatched two tugs to secure the vessel. The tugs were able to tow the vessel to an anchorage near Kireçburnu, Turkey. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released. The Fortune Express was en route to Iskenerun from Karadeniz Eregli with 14170 tons of coal.