The Hai Dong 27 was discovered still afloat by several fishing vessels off Quang Binh, Vietnam. The crew of the fishing vessel boarded the freighter and found it unmanned. WIth the aid of several other fishing vessels, the Hai Dong 27 was taken under tow. Only able to proceed at a slow speed, the fishing vessels took turns towing the freighter to Hoang Truong. The vessels arrived safely. Authorities stated legal procedures have not started over the salvaging. No reports of injuries.
The crew of the Hai Dong 27 had abandoned ship on January 20 after the vessel became disabled. The Hai Dong 27’s engine room had become flooded and the vessel’s 13 crew were rescued by a nearby fishing vessel. Last reports suspected the Hai Dong 27 had foundered until it was spotted days later.
The 24 meter long high-speed catamaranferry Rich Passage 1 went aground near Port Townsend Bay near Port Hadlock, Washington. The captain of the vessel made a navigation mistake and steered the vessel into the shallows. Before the vessel could be pulled free, the tide dropped leaving the Rich Passage 1 high and dry. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The ferry will be refloated on the next high tide. The ferry was headed to Port Townsend to be hauled out for the winter
Two barges pushed by the 90 foot long tugboat Nature’s Way Endeavor struck a railway bridge over the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Mississippi. One barge suffered slight damage, but the other had its hull ripped open above the waterline. One of eight tanks each holding 80,000 gallons of light crude oil was punctured and leaked oil into the river. The amount of oil released was unknown. A containment boom was place across part of the river downstream from the barge. Skimmers have been deployed to clean up oily water from the river. No reports of damage to the railroad bridge and traffic was allowed to resume a short time later. No reports of injuries. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.