The decommissioned 86 meter long, 4132 dwt tanker NP Unity went ashore on Caledonia Island near Chaguaramas, Trinidad. Strong winds caused the NP Unity to break free of its moorings. The tanker was blown ashore onto a mud bank. No reports of injuries. Coast Guard tugboats along with private contractors refloated the NP Unity the following day. No reports of pollution. Reports state the NP Unity had been spotted before it went aground, but authorities were delayed responding and were unable to have a tugboat on the scene before the tanker had gone aground.
The 141 meter long, 7025 dwt tanker VF Tanker 18 allided with a lock on the Volga – Don Canal. The VF Tanker 18 was en route to Samara from Kavkaz in ballast when it struck the lock wall. The tanker’s bow suffered some damage while the lock wall sustained significant damage. Authorities have detained the vessel while the incident is under investigation.
The 108 meter long, 3221 dwt general cargo vessel Basalt ran aground on the Volga River near the 462 kilometer mark. The Basalt was passing a passenger ship when it veered too far out of the channel and went aground. The Basalt suffered hull damage with its ballast tanks holed. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Basalt was en route to Yaroslavl from Onezhskoye Lake with 3588 tons of gravel. Reports state the vessel will require to be lightered before it can be refloated.