The 25 foot long tugboat Annie Moon and a 200 foot long barge sank in the Houston Ship Channel near Galena Park, Texas. During the night, the barge suffered water ingress and began to sink. The tugboat Annie Moon still attached and was pulled down with the barge. The Annie Moon completely sank while the barge sank with three-quarters of the barge submerged. No one was on board the vessels at the time of the sinking. Authorities report that 20 gallons of diesel fuel was released into the water. A heavy lift crane was to be brought to the scene and will remove both vessels from the channel.
On October 18, the 30 meter long, 266 gt tugboat Manyplus 1 with its barge AZ Shanghai ran aground in Manila, Philippines. The tugboat and barge had been at anchorage for two days after arriving from Indonesia with 7,500 tons of coal when Typhoon Lando struck the Philippines. Strong winds from the typhoon caused the anchors to drag and both vessels were blown ashore. The 10 crew on the Manyplus 1 were safely rescued. No reports of pollution released.
The 138 meter long, 2593 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Mary The Queen ran aground in Manila Bay, Philippines. The ferry had been at anchor and was undergoing repairs when it was blown ashore a short distance from the tugboat Manyplus 1. No reports of injuries.
The 183 meter long, 35,669 dwt tanker Alia caught fire in the North Sea off Hvide Sande, Denmark. The fire started after an explosion in the vessel’s engine room. The crew evacuated the compartment and turned on the tanker’s fire suppression system. The system released CO2 into the engine room extinguishing the fire, but the tanker had sustained damage and was adrift. Two nearby fishing vessels came to the Alia’s aid and poured water onto the hull of the tanker to keep it cool. No reports of injuries. The Alia was en route to Malta from Gothenburg.