The 97 meter long, 4470 dwt freighter Parnassos II ran aground near Itea, Greece. The Parnassos II had just left the port of Saint Nikolas when it suffered engine failure causing the vessel to drift aground. The crew requested assistance with a local tug responding. The tug was able to refloat the freighter and proceeded to the Bay of Itea. The Parnassos II dropped anchor in the bay awaiting inspection for any possible damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 43 meter long United States Coast Guard icebreaker tugboat Bristol Bay suffered a fire while on the St. Clair River near Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The fire started in the Bristol Bay’s smoke stack while the vessel was conducting a training exercise. The vessel dropped anchor while the crew sprayed water into the stack until the blaze was extinguished. No reports of injuries and the vessel suffered only minimal damage. The Bristol Bay primary responsibility is opening and maintaining shipping lanes in the Great Lakes.
The 27 meter long passenger vessel Golden Dragon became disabled while on the Min River near Mawei, China. The vessel suffered water ingress when several valves failed and began to sink. The crew sent out a distress call saying the vessel with 148 passengers was in danger and required assistance. The Maritime Search and Rescue Center of Fujian Province dispatched rescue vessels to the scene. The rescue craft safely transferred all the passengers to three rescue craft. The passengers were later taken to Qingzhou. Rescuers also assisted the crew to close the faulty valves avoiding the sinking of the Golden Dragon. The crew remained on board and began de-watering the vessel. The vessel was taken under tow to a berth where it was to undergo repairs. Authorities have started an investigation into the incident.