The 81 meter long, 2325 dwt cargo ship Vestvind ran aground near Bjorøy, Norway. The vessel notified authorities it was aground with no injuries to the seven crew. The NSSR dispatched a lifeboat to the scene. The lifeboat Kristian G. Jebsen attempted to pull the Vestvind free, but failed. Next, the Coastguard vessel Tor arrived and its first attempt to refloat the Vestvind also failed. However, a few hours later, the Tor was able to free the Vestvind. No reports of damage or pollution released. Divers were requested to inspect the hull.
The 65 meter long ro-ro ferry Solnør allided with the pier at Rykkjem, Norway. The Solnør arrived in Rykkjem on its regular route between Kvanne to Rykkjem. As the ferry approached the pier, the vessel was unable to slow down. The Solnør crew attempted to avoid a collision, but the stern hit the pier. Passengers reported hearing a loud bang and a scraping sound afterwards before the Solnør headed out into the bay again. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Damage was found to be minimal. Divers inspected the vessel and the Solnør returned back to service. Reports state the cause of the allision was by a malfunction in one of the ferry’s propellers.
The 289 meter long bulk carrier Southern Explorer collided with the 225 meter long bulk carrier Best Unity in the Singapore Straits. Both vessels sustained damage in the collision. The Southern Explorer’s hull was breached at the bow and suffered water ingress. Both vessels proceeded to a nearby anchorage. Tugs and support vessels were standing by. No reports of injuries. The Southern Explorer was en route to Taiwan while the Best Unity was in ballast after unloading its cargo from Kaoshiung.