The 121 meter long, 7085 dwt freighter Asian Express sank in the Indian Ocean near the Lakshadweep Islands while proceeding from Bin Qasim, Pakistan to Male. The Asian Express was loaded with a cargo of sand and cement when it was disabled after an engine breakdown. The vessel rolled badly as conditions became rough. The crew attempted repairs, but the vessel’s hull crack midships. The vessel suffered water ingress and quickly began to list and sink. The crew of 22 evacuated to the vessel’s lifeboats before the Asian Express sank. The crew were later rescued by the the Indian Coast Guard vessel Varuna.
The 80 meter long, 150 dwt ro-roferry Sogn allided with the dock at Brimnes, Norway. The ferry struck the pier and both suffered minor damage. No reports of injuries to the 43 passengers and nine crew on board. The ferry was able to proceed on its voyage to Ulvik.
The 112 meter long, 8725 dwt freighter Unicorn Logger went aground in the Sambawan Islet off Maripipi Island, Philippines. The vessel was proceeding to Japan from Malaysia with 836 tons of lumber when a fishing vessel cross its path causing the Unicorn Logger to veer off course and go aground onto a coral reef. No reports of injuries to the 18 crew on board. The Philippine Coast Guard has dispatched a team to assess to the situation. Reports state the Unicorn Logger rests on some 270 square meters of coral reef. Reports states local government was studying the possibility of seeking damages for the destruction of coral reefs.