The 133 meter long passenger ship Viking Sun allided on the Rhine River with three bollards on a pontoon used to moor vessels at Gerstheim, France. The Viking Sun was attempting to moor when it struck the bollards resulting in a three meter long gash along the port side of the foreship. The damage was above the waterline and there was no water ingress. No reports of injuries to the 189 passengers and 47 crew on board.
Passengers were transferred to another vessel and proceeded to Kehl. There passengers were safely landed and were given accommodations at a local hotel. The Viking Sun was towed away and taken to the lock at Gerstheim. French authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Initial reports state the cause of the allision was human error.
The 114 meter long, 3147 dwt freighter Pavel Grabovskiy went aground just oustide the port of Azov, Russia in the Azov Sea. The vessel was departing the port loaded with a cargo of wheat when it grounded. No reports of injures to the 14 crew and no pollution was released.
The 70 meter long, 1607 dwt freighter Anafarta went aground on the Black Sea near Riva, Turkey. The Anafarta was approaching the entrance to the Bosphorus when the vessel reported it had suffered water ingress and was in danger of sinking. The Anafarta was intentionally driven ashore to avoid sinking. No reports of injuries and no pollution was released. Authorities were notified and dispatched vessels to the scene. Nine of the 12 crew on board abandoned ship and were later taken to Istanbul. The Captain, Chief Engineer and another crewman remained on the vessel awaiting instructions from the ship’s owner.