On September 27, the 42 meter long fishing vessel Lincoln was disabled in heavy seas in False Bay near Cape Town, South Africa. The Lincoln became swamped by massive waves and listed over to one side. The vessel sent out a distress call before the 21 crewmen on board abandoned ship. Nine of the crew were rescued from the water, but twelve others drowned. Reports state that some of the crew had slipped through their life jackets. The Lincoln remained afloat and was later taken under tow by another fishing vessel towards Table Bay. The incident is under investigation.
The 152 meter long, 8,388 tonne cargo vessel Lena J allided with a bridge in the Welland Canal at Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. The Lena J was en route to Burns Harbor, Indiana from Montreal when it struck Bridge 19. The vessel and bridge sustained damage. Traffic on the bridge was halted until it could be inspected. The Lena J was able to proceed to Colborne where it later berthed and inspected for damaged. No reports of injuries and no pollution was released.
Three vessels collided in dense fog passing through the Kiel Canal near Fischerhütte, Germany. The 89 meter long tanker Kösterberg, the 100 meter long cargo vessel Grona Aalsum and the 131 meter long cargo vessel Prince of Seas scraped against each other as the passed in the fog. The Kösterberg was pushed onto pilings along the embankment. Neither of the three vessels sustained any damage. The Kösterberg proceeded to Kiel to be surveyed while the Gorna Aalsum and Prince of Seas arrived in Brunsbüttel to be inspected. All the vessels were allowed to proceed on the voyages a short time later.