The 169 meter long container ship Flottbek ran aground on the Kiel Canal near Oldenbüttel, Germany. The Flottbek was en route to Rotterdam from Gdynia when it suffered engine failure and ran onto an embankment. A tug was dispatched to the scene and was able to aid the Flottbek to refloat itself. The Flottbek was able to continue on its voyage under its own power. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 146 meter long, 10385 dwt freighter BBC Chile went aground on the St. Lawrence River near the entrance to the South Shore Canal near Montreal, Quebec. The freighter had gone outside the channel as the vessel was entering Lake St. Louis. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The BBC Chile was refloated the following night with the aid of a few tugs and resume its upbound voyage. Reports state traffic was halted for several hours as the vessel partially blocked the channel.
The pilot boat Taybird from Dundee, Scotland caught fire while escorting a vessel up the River Tay. The pilot boat was assisting the 118 meter long tanker Pandion when a fire broke out in the pilot boat’s engine room. The 2 men on board the Taybird requested assistance as the fire disabled the vessel’s engine. The Broughty Ferry RNLI responded sending two lifeboats to the scene. The lifeboats were able to evacuate the 2 men from the pilot boat and extinguish the fire. The Taybird was taken under tow and escorted back to Dundee. No reports of injuries or pollution released.