On November 14, the 167 meter long, 10600 dwt ro-ro vehicle carrier Viking Emerald ran aground on the Columbia River near Woodland, Washington. The Viking Emerald was headed upriver with a cargo of automobiles to Portland when it suffered a steering system failure and the bow became stuck on the river bottom. Four tugs were dispatched and were able to refloat the Viking Emerald a short time later. The tugs then towed the vessel to Portland. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Viking Emerald was to be inspected at Portland by authorities.
The 109 meter long cargo vessel Ning Lian Hai 987 sank on the Yangtze River near Wuhan, China. The Ning Lian Hai 987 was en route to Shanghai from Yueyang with 7000 tons of sand when it struck a reef. The impact tore the hull open and allowed water ingress. The three crew on board were rescued by authorities. A crane barge was later dispatched to salvage the vessel. Authorities have launched an investigation.