The 89 meter long, 2831 dwt freighter Mersa 2 ran aground at Elba Island, Italy. The freighter departed from Marina di Carrara, for Algeria with a cargo of iron rods when it ran ashore during the night on the island. The starboard bow suffered an 1-meter wide hole when the Mersa 2 ran onto the rocky shore. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Authorities dispatched several vessels to the scene to monitor the situation and set booms around the vessel to limit any potential pollution. Two salvage tugs arrived later and pulled the Mersa 2 back into deeper water. The tugs kept the Mersa 2 under tow to the port of Livorno where repairs could be made. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.