The 23 meter long fishing vessel Elisabeth ran aground in the North Sea near Den Oever, Netherlands. The crew found the fishing vessel had stranded on a sand bank and requested assistance. The Callanstoog KNRM dispatched their lifeboat to the scene. However, the starboard engine failed on the Callanstoog lifeboat. The lifeboat from Den Helder was nearby and was able to respond to the scene. The Den Helder lifeboat found the rough seas and the fishing boat’s gear prevented the lifeboat from providing assistance. The lifeboat stood by to monitor the situation. Fortunately, the the Elisabeth was able to refloat itself with the rising tide . No reports of injuries to the 2 crew on the Elisabeth, damage or pollution released.
The 289 meter long, 170082 dwt bulk carrier New Katerina caught fire with berthed in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The fire started on an excavator working the vessel’s hold. The New Katerina, loaded with coal, released dense smoke. The crew was able to escape the vessel with no injuries. The local fire brigade, assisted by fire boats, were able to bring the blaze under control a few hours later. No reports of pollution released.
The 144 meter long tanker Sten Baltic became disabled near Varlaxudden, Finland. The tanker had suffered engine failure and the vessel’s steering had also malfunctioned. The crew alerted authorities in Helsinki and dropped anchor. The crew began repairs while authorities dispatched a Coast Guard vessel and pilot boat to the scene to monitor the situation. The crew was able to restart the engine a short time later. The Coast Guard vessel and pilot boat escorted the Sten Baltic to Kalbådagrunds where the vessel could be further inspected. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Sten Baltic was en route to Riga from Sköldvikhamnen.