The 101 meter long, 3639 dwt freighter Seawind sank near the port of Fortaleza, Brazil. The Seawind had been at anchor when it suffered water ingress. The water ingress was uncontrolled and eventually flooded the vessel until it sank in 10 feet of water. The vessel’s superstructure and bow remained above the waterline. No reports of injuries.
The vessel had been at Fortaleza since May 2011 when the vessel had suffered a failure in the engine’s cooling system. The crew headed to the nearest port which was Fortaleza where it dropped anchor. The vessel stayed in Fortaleza, but was seized by authorities as collateral for a debt. The crew remained on board until October 2011 when they gave up on receiving back pay leaving the vessel abandoned with some 40 tons of granite cargo still on board.
An oil spill was spotted around the vessel shortly after the vessel sank. The Brazilian Navy dispatched a vessel to the scene and placed a boom around the Seawind to contain the pollution. Divers were called in to inspect the hull and found damage near the stern. No word on salvage attempts.
The 100 meter long, 4452 dwt freighter Wilson Caen allided with the moored 133 meter long , 10569 dwt cable-layer Giulio Verne at Emden, Germany. The Wilson Caen was proceeding into the port when it became disabled after suffering engine failure. Both vessels only suffered slight damage. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The Wilson Caen was later inspected and allowed to proceed on its voyage to Rorvik.
The 33 meter long tug Skuld collided with a rig in the port of Esbjerg, Denmark. The Skuld was towing the drilling rig along side two other tugs when tug suffered engine failure. The Skuld continued forward until it struck the rig. The Skuld suffered severe water ingress as the hull was holed below the waterline. The other two tugs came to the aid of the Skuld and towed it back to port. The Skuld was berthed at a quay where the local fire brigade had pumps waiting. No reports of injuries. Authorities have placed booms around the Skuld as some diesel fuel pollution was released in the port.