The fishing vessel Viking II sank near Cape May, New Jersey. The fishing vessel began to leak quickly overwhelming the vessel’s pumps. The crew requested assistance with the Coast Guard dispatching a helicopter to the scene. The helicopter lowered a dewatering pump to the Viking II. However, the pump could not keep up with the water ingress. A second pump was dropped to the vessel, but the crew was unable to recover it. A nearby fishing vessel arrived on scene and safely evacuated the three crew. The men were later transferred to a cutter who returned them to shore. No signs of pollution reported.
The ro-ro ferries Trans-Asia 5 and Trans-Asia 3 became disabled off Cebu, Philippines. The 3376 dwt Trans-Asia 5 became disabled after suffering engine failure. The vessel requested assistance with two tugboats responding. The tugs took the Trans-Asia 5 under tow and proceeded back to port. No reports of injuries to the 531 persons on board. There was no damage or pollution released.
The 110 meter long ferry Trans-Asia 3 became disabled near Cebu City. The Trans-Asia 3 had departed Ozamis City with 188 passenges and 16 crew when the vessel ran out of fuel. After a short delay and refueling, the Trans-Asia 3 was able to continue and reached port safely. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Authorities stated that both vessels will be inspected before they are allowed to sail again.
The 89 meter long, 2876 dwt LPG tanker Kanthicha caught fire while anchored at Phuket, Thailand. The fire started in the communications room. The crew attempted to put of the flames, but there was too much smoke. The crew requested assistance with personnel from the Marine Department and a helicopter from the Thai Navy responding. Their combined effort the fire was extinguished a few hours later. No reports of injuries or pollution released.