The 92 meter long ro-ro ferry Gullmaj went aground between Finnsbo and Skår, Sweden. The ferry struck a rock after it suffered a malfunction to the vessel’s steering. The Gullmaj was able to refloat itself an hour later and proceeded back to port where passengers and vehicles were safely unloaded. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Gullmaj proceeded to a shipyard for further investigation. Reports state the malfunction was a problem with the propeller or rudder.
The 90 foot long, 231 dwt fishing vessel Viking Storm collided with the 40 foot fishing vessel Maverick near La Push, Washington. The Maverick quickly sank sending it’s four crew into the water. The Viking Storm rescued three of the four men from the water. The survivors were later transferred to a Coast Guard cutter. The Coast Guard conducted a search for the remaining crewman. The cause of the collision was not reported, but the accident is under investigation.
- Man lost after fishing boats collide off La Push (blogs.seattletimes.com)
The 190 meter long, 57012 dwt bulk freighter Sea Moon suffered an explosion in it’s cargo hold while in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda. The explosion injured one crew man, but the vessel was undamaged. The Sea Moon diverted its course to Bermuda where the injured crewman was taken to hospital. The vessel will also be surveyed for damage. The Sea Moon was en route to Karachi, Pakistan from New Orelans with a cargo of coal.