The high speed ferry Ocean Jet 5 went aground in the Mactan Channel near Cordova, Philippines. The ferry had departed from Bohol with 197 passengers and 13 crew headed for Cebu City. When the Ocean Jet 5 approached the channel, another vessel came out forcing the ferry to run aground to avoid a collision. The ferry then contacted it’s sister ship Ocean Jet 6 which departed to rescue the passengers. However, the Ocean Jet 6 also went aground nearby at Shell Island. The ferry owners then dispatched tugs to the scene while sending a banca to transport the passengers to shore. The tug refloated the Ocean Jet 5 and shortly later the Ocean Jet 6. Both vessels were towed to Cebu City. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Both vessels will have divers conduct an underwater inspection. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 66 meter long, 1564 dwt freighter Vestborg went aground in Steinsvik Bay near Bolandet, Norway. The freighter was approaching the port terminal when it failed to stop and continued until it ran ashore. No reports of injuries to the six crew on board, damage or pollution released. The vessel contacted authorities who dispatched a NSSR lifeboat to the scene. The lifeboat HalfDan Grieg refloated the Vestborg later the next day. The Vestborg was able to proceed under its own power to a quat at Torvik. The authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
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The 101 meter long, 5207 dwt container ship Conger ran aground on the Kiel Canal near Breiholz, Germany. The Conger had suffered steering failure causing the vessel to run into the embankment. A tug refloated the Conger and both vessels proceeded to a quay at Kiel to be inspected for damage. Reports state the vessel was able to make repairs and allow was allowed to proceed the following day. The vessel continued on its way to Soedertalje, Sweden. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.