The 64 meter long, 1600 dwt coastal bulk carrier E Tuan Feng Huo 226 sank on the Yangtze River while berthed at Wuhan, China. The E Tuan Feng Huo 226 was loading cargo at the terminal when the vessel suffered a hull breach and suffered massive water ingress. The three crew on board were able to escape and later rescued. Reports state the bulker may have partially broke-in-two as the hull cracked. Ferry service from Wuhan was halted as the E Tuan Feng Huo 226 was blocking navigation at the terminal.
On July 18, the 85 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Bliek ran aground on the Elbe River near Tesperhude, Germany. The Bliek was en route to Hildesheim when it suffered engine failure after a technical malfunction. The current pulled the Bliek towards the shoreline until the Bliek struck the submerged remains of an old quay wall. The Bliek requested assistance with it’s sister ship, Asterode, arriving several hours later. The Asterode pulled the Bliek free and towed the damaged tanker to Scharnebeck. No reports of injuries. Divers inspected the Bliek and found damage to the forepeak which had suffered some water ingress. Authorities allowed the Bliek continue on its voyage.
The 170 meter long, 6,550 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry AF Marina became disabled off Ancona, Italy. The ferry had departed from Ancona bound for Durres, Albania when it suffered engine failure a few meters from port. The crew were unable to restart the engines and the vessel requested assistance. The AF Marina was towed back to port and was inspected by authorities. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The 527 passengers and their vehicles were transferred to another ferry.