The 80 meter long, 2847 dwt freighter Hao Han caught fire near Osaka, Japan. The fire started in the cargo hold sending thick smoke into the air . The crew fought the blaze, but were unable to contain it. The Hao Han contacted the Japanese Coast Guard who dispatched fire fighting vessels to the scene. The Coast Guard vessels evacuated the 12 crew on board the freighter and extinguished the fire the next day. The vessel was taken under tow and berthed at a quay where authorities will investigate the incident further. No reports of injuries.
The 64 meter long, 765 gt ro-ro ferry Sykkylvsfjord allided with the jetty near Stranda, Norway. The wooden pier splintered from the impact send bits of wood into the air. No reports of injuries, but many passengers on board where shocked by the loud bang of the impact. The Sykkylvsfjord suffered damage to one of the ramp gates. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Reports states the vessel had suffered a malfunction to one of its propellers.
The 117 meter long, 10303 dwt tanker CT Longford allided with the pier at Brunsbüttel, Germany. The tanker had locked into the Kiel Canal with 8000 tons of ethanol cargo when it suddenly veered off course striking the pier. The pier sustained damage with portions of the pilings left submerged while the CT Longford suffered damage to its bow. No reports of injuries and no pollution was released. The tanker berthed nearby to allow divers to inspect the hull. The water police have launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the cause of the accident may have been a control malfunction.