The 130 meter long, 1894 dwt passenger ro-ro ferry Volcan de Taburiente caught fire while off Los Cristianos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. The ferry had departed for La Gomera with 319 passengers along with a various vehicles when a fire broke out in one of the trucks below deck. Authorities were contacted who dispatched helicopters to the scene. The crew used the ferry’s fire suppression system to fight the blaze. Using water and foam, the system was able to extinguish the blaze. Reports state several passengers were treated for minor injuries. The ferry was able to proceed under its own power to Los Cristianos. The ferry will undergo inspection for damage.
On April 15, the tugboat Todd Michael went aground on Lake Pontchartrain off New Orleans, Louisiana. The tug was towing a barge when it ran onto the rocks near the shoreline. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to the scene. The 2 crew on the Todd Michael were lifted to safety. The one crewman on board the barge was rescued by another vessel. No reports of injuries.
The 197 meter long, 58758 dwt bulk carrier Bulk Costa Rica and the 180 meter long, 33200 dwt cargo vessel Atlantic Tramp collided off the coast of IJmuiden, Netherlands. The Atlantic Tramp’s bow struck into the mid section of the Bulk Costa Rica. The Bulk Costa Rica sustained a large dent amidships and damage on deck,but was in no danger of sinking. The Atlantic Tramp’s bow sustained a breach about 9 meters long, but was 2 meters above the waterline. Both vessels also had damage to their bridges. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The KNRM lifeboat Koss van Messel arrived on scene,but found both vessels in no danger and after doing a visual inspection returned to her station. The cause of the collision is under investigation. Initial reports state conditions were good with visibility reaching at least 3 miles and swells only 1.5 meters. The Atlantic Tramp was en route to St. Petersburg, Russia.