The 63 meter long, 1131 dwt freighter Frifjord went aground in the North Sea off Fano Island, Denmark. The freighter had run onto a sand bank. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Frifjord was refloated on the next high tide and proceeded to Esbjerg. Authorities found the master of the vessel was intoxicated and was fined.
The 63 meter long self-propelled barge Helena went aground on a sandbar at Haringvliet, Netherlands. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Initial attempts to refloat the Helena failed. Another vessel came to the Helena’s aid, but it also was unable to pull the Helena free. A lighter with a crane arrived the following day and began removing cargo off the Helena so that it could be refloated. Reports state the vessel went aground due to the master of the Helena had fallen asleep. No further details reported.