On October 31, the 76 foot long wooden tugboat William B caught fire while berthed at Newport Harbor, California. The fire quickly engulfed the wooden vessel during the night. Local fire fighters fought the blaze for over fiver hours while it was partially sunk in the harbor. Booms were placed around the vessel to contain any pollution released. No reports of injuries. The William B had some 60 gallons of fuel on board at the time of the fire. Reports state the William B will be drained of any remaining fuel and be towed away as a total loss. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. The William B was built in 1942 and was used to pull ships in World War II.
On October 28, the 225 meter long bulk carrier Nilos ran aground on the Amazon River between Obidos and Santarem. The Nilos was headed downstream from Itacotiara bound for Macapa when it went aground. No further details reported.
The 16 meter long fishing vessel Min Shi Yu 06867 collided with the 96 meter tanker Hu You 8 in the Taiwan Strait near Quanzhou, China. The tanker and fishing vessel collided head-on with both vessels suffering damage. The tanker’s hull was breached at the bow and a portside tank while the Min Shi Yu 06867 suffered damage to its bow. Reports state the Hu You 8 suffered water ingress and developed a list, but was later stablized. Some of the 2976 tons of gasoline cargo was released into the sea. One crewman on the fishing vessel was injured in the collision and required hospitalization. The Hu You 8 was escorted to Meizhou Bay where it anchored.