The 130 meter long, 17669 dwt chemical tanker Samudera caught fire in the Malacca Strait near Pulau Kulup Island, Malaysia. The tankere was headed to Chittagong, Bangladesh from Batam, Indonesia in ballast when the fire started in the vessel’s engine room. The crew on board were unable to get the fire under control and sent out a distress call. The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) dispatched rescue boats to the scene. Rescuers were able to save 22 of 23 crew on board the Samudera. One crew man was reported lost in the blaze. Reports state the fire was restricted to the engine room, but no effort to extinguish the blaze has been made by the authorities. The vessel was proceeding to Chittagong where it was to be scrapped.
The 42 meter long passenger ship Gamle Salten became disabled near Træna, Norway. Shortly after the Gamle Salten had departed from Trænafestivalen, the vessel suffered engine failure. The vessel contacted the Norwegian Coast Guard for assistance who dispatched a lifeboat to the scene. The lifeboat took the vessel under tow and proceeded to Bodø. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 85 meter long self-propelled barge Hamburg allided with the 74 meter long self-propelled barge Gramper on the Danube River at the Kachlet Lock near Passau, Germany. The Hamburg struck into the Gramper’s stern causing damage to the Gramper’s rudder. Reports state the damage to the rudder was around 25,000 euros. One deckhand on the Gramper was injured when a mooring line snapped. No reports of pollution being released. Both vessels were towed to Passau where the water police have launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the Hamburg was moving slowly and in ballast which kept damage to a minimum.