The 19 meter long tugboat TB Chief became disabled off Grovfjord, Norway. The tugboat had its propeller wrapped around a rope as it was attempting to tow salmon cages to Grovfjord. No reports of injuries. The tug requested aid and a NSSR lifeboat responded to the scene. A diver remove the rope from the propeller. No reports of damage or pollution released.
On August 18, 2014, the 132 meter long ro-ro cargo ferry Amadeo I ran aground at Paso Kirke, Chile. The ferry departed from Puerto Natales with 17 passengers and 28 crew along with a cargo of 700 cattle bound for Puerto Montt. Around 10 am, the Amadeo I struck an islet at Merion resulting in a crack in the hull on the starboard side. The rupture caused substantial uncontrolled flooding into the cargo deck and engine room putting the vessel at risk of sinking.
The master of the vessel decided to run the vessel aground before it could founder. The Amadeo I reached shore and put the bow on the beach. Authorities arrived on scene with rescue boats and safely transferred 17 passengers and 18 crew. Ten crew remained on board attempting to bring the flooding under control. Unfortunately, the flooding continued and the Amadeo I heeled over 60 degrees onto her starboard side. By 5 am the following day, the crew had to abandon their efforts and were taken off the ferry. The ferry later capsized onto her side and the stern section of the vessel sank. Authorities placed booms around the Amado I to contain any pollution released.
On August 15, 2014 the 96 meter long, 3691 dwt tanker Java Bonitos suffered several explosions in the Bangka Strait off Belitung Island, Indonesia. Reports state the vessel while en route to Jakarta from Palembang Sumatra in ballast suffered 3 explosions and resulting fire in the engine room. One crewman was killed and another 3 were reported as missing. The remaining crew abandoned ship and were later rescued. Several crew suffered severe burns requiring hospitalization. The Java Bonitos disabled by the damage went adrift. Salvors are standing by the tanker waiting for the fire to cool down before boarding and searching for the missing crew.
- Blasts aboard Indonesian Tanker Leave One Dead, Three Missing (worldmaritimenews.com)
- Engine-Room Fire Disables Tanker, Kills One Crewman (worldmaritimenews.com)