The 17 meter long tugboat Mrs Baye sunk in the Charenton Canal near Charenton, Louisiana. The three crew on board the tug were able to abandon ship and reach shore safely. No reports of injuries. The Coast Guard was notified of the sinking and has launched an investigation into the incident. The cause of the water ingress was not reported.
On July 13, the 177 meter long, 23,559 dwt container ship Viking Merlin caught fire while berthed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The fire started by one of the diesel generators in the vessel’s engine room. The crew evacuated the compartment and the blaze was extinguished by the on board fire suppression system. No reports of injuries. Reports state damage was minimal, but the vessel was detained until repairs were completed.