A self-propelled barge went aground on the Weser River near Verden, Germany. Due to the low water level and the speed of the vessel, the ship struck a sand bank in the river. The vessel lay perpendicular to the river for several hours until another vessel was able to free it. No reports of injuries to the two crew on board, damage or pollution released. The water police investigated the incident and allowed the vessel to proceed. The barge was loaded with some 1,000 tons of cement at the time. The name of the vessel was no reported.
The 30 meter long fishing vessel Ester sank off the Canaries Islands. The Ester sprung a leak and the vessel requested assistance. The nearby fishing vessel Mersal VI responded and safely transferred 14 of the 27 crew on board the Ester. The remaining crew remained on board attempting to control the water ingress. The Maritime Rescue Center dispatched a plane and helicopter to the scene. When a plane reached the scene, the Ester crew requested a more powerful bilge pump. The helicopter reached the scene and lowered a more powerful pump. At this point, the Ester was listing heavily to port and the pumping was unsuccessful. The remaining crew abandoned ship and the Ester finally sank between Dakhla and Gran Canaria. No reports of injuries.
The 198 meter long, 28676 dwt vehicle carrier Morning Spruce became disabled near Oregon near the mouth of the Columbia River. The Morning Spruce had suffered a power blackout and went adrift. The crew was able to restore power later the same day. A tug was dispatched to the vessel to escort it into the river. The vessel will proceed to Portland, Oregon where it will be inspected by the Coast Guard. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released.