The 164 meter long, 12562 dwt vehicle carrier Asian Breeze ran aground in the Kiel Canal off Brunsbüttel, Germany. The car carrier had been caught by a strong wind gust and pushed against the jetty. The Asian Breeze finally struck bottom off the jetty. No reports of injuries or pollution released. A tug was dispatched and freed the vessel later the same day. The Asian Breeze was later to continue on its voyage to Zeebrugge.
On May 10, the 229 meter long, 82099 dwt bulk carrier United Fortune ran aground while loading cargo on the Parana River near Rosario, Argentina. The United Fortune had loaded over 43,000 tons of iron ore when the vessel struck bottom. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Tugs were requested to assist refloating the vessel.