On November 26, the 29 meter long fishing vessel Baratz became disabled and sank off Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The crayfish boat had suffered engine failure and water ingress in heavy seas with winds reaching 20 knots and swells reaching 5 meters. The Baratz requested assistance with it’s sister ship, Helena Marie coming to her aid. The Helena Marie attempted to tow the Baratz back to port, but the Baratz flooding caused the vessel to list. The 25 crew on board were forced to abandoned ship into the fishing vessel’s two life rafts before the Baratz sank. The NSRI dispatched a lifeboat which was joined by two helicopters to the scene. All 25 crew were later rescued. No reports of injuries. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 124 meter long, 5862 dwt tanker Nadezhda ran aground off the shore Sakhalin Island, Russia. The tanker was en route to Korsakov from Vanino with 400 tons of diesel fuel when it was caught in a severe storm. The tanker was blown ashore on to the rocks. The hull was damaged allowing water ingress into the engine room. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state a tug was dispatched to assist in salvaging the Nadezhda.