On December 19, the 637 gt barge Heng Hong 168 capsized off Horsburgh Lighthouse, Singapore. The fishing barge had 11 crew members on board when it capsized. Six crew were able to reach the vessel’s liferaft and were later rescued. Singapore authorities dispatched multiple vessels and two helicopters in a search and rescue operation for the 5 missing crewmen. Four days later, one crewman was found drifting off Bintan Island by the Indonesian Coast Guard. The man was taken to hospital for treatment. Search for the remaining 4 crew are still ongoing.
The 620 dwt research vesselAkademik Shokalskiy became trapped in ice off the coast of Antarctica near Stillwell Island. The Akademik Shokalskiy had been at anchor 40 miles off Mawson’s Hut on Cape Denison, Antarctica with 74 people when it departed for the Mertz glacier. The vessel became stuck in heavy ice floes as it approached Cape de la Motte. The vessel contacted authorities and three icebreakers were dispatched to aid the Akademik Shokalskiy. Reports state the nearest vessels were at least two days away, but the research vessel was in no immediate danger. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 656 foot long bulk freighter Orsula went aground on Lake Ontario off Tibbetts Point, New York. The bulker was en route to Montreal from Duluth with 21,000 tons of wheat when it was awaiting to enter the St. Lawrence River. The river had more than 20 vessels queued due to an early freeze. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Local divers were requested and surveyed the vessel for any hull damage. Tug and barges from Kingston have been dispatched to help lighter the Orsula. Reports state the bulker has until December 30 before the St. Lawrence Seaway closes for the navigation season.