The 183 meter long, 38529 dwt bulk carrier Turquoise Ocean ran aground on the Columbia River near Longview, Washington. The Turquoise Ocean was proceeding downriver from Longview with a cargo of potash when it suffered engine failure. The vessel ran aground on to a sandbank. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The bulk carrier was able to restore power and proceeded to Longview for inspection.
The 19 ton tugboat Meiyu No. 18 capsized and sank in the Tsugaru Strait off Hokkaido, Japan. The Meiyu No. 18 was proceeding form Hakodate with a pontoon barge loaded with ship parts when the tug lost stability and rolled over. One crewman on board was lucky enough to find a small breathing space in the cabin. He was spent 15 hours trapped until he was later rescued by the Japanese Coast Guard. Three other crewmen perished with two of their bodies recovered.