An 80 foot long fishing vessel sank in the harbour at Pago Pago,American Samoa. The old vessel had been moored in the harbour when it sprung a leak and sunk. No reports of injuries, but some 4000 litres of oil spilled into the harbour. Authorities placed an oil boom around the vessel to contain any further pollution escaping into the harbour. The Coast Guard has started clean up operations and has arranged salvage to refloat the vessel.
The 249 dwt fishing vessel Kapitan Laskov ran aground near Reefovyi Point, Kunashir Island, Kuril Islands, Russia. There were no injuries to the crew and no signs of damage to the vessel’s hull. An oil barge has been dispatched to the scene to pump out fuel from the trawler before it is refloated. Two other fishing vessels are also standing by to assist the Kapitan Laskov if the crew need to evacuated. Sixty tons of fuel was removed and the Kapitan Laskov was pulled freed.