The 23 meter long fishing vessel L’Europe caught fire off Barfleur, France. The crew on board were alerted to a fire broke that broke out in the engine room. The crew of the L’Europe engaged the fire suppressant system and were able to contain the blaze, but not before the main engine was damaged. Authorities dispatched a helicopter along with a SNSM lifeboat to the scene while two nearby trawlers proceeded to the L’Europe. Assisted by authorities, the crew were unable to restart the main engine, but were able to start an auxiliary motor to bring up the L’Europe trawl. The SNSM lifeboat escorted the L’Europe being towed by another trawler to Port-en-Bessin. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On January 26, multiple barges were in multiple incidents on the lower Mississippi River. Near Hahnville, Louisiana, a barge loaded with caustic soda capsized after two towboats collided. Traffic was halted around the area as crews were attempting to recover the barge. No injuries or pollution was released.
Near Nanchez, a barge loaded with oil slurry struck a bridge over the Mississippi River. The impact ruptured the barge’s hull allowing some 24,000 gallons of oil to be discharged into the water. The Coast Guard arrived on scene and removed the remaining 700,000 gallons of oil on to two other barges. No reports of injuries.
The 164 meter long, 10454 dwt ro-ro car carrier Modern Express became disabled in the Bay of Biscay while en route to Le Havre, France. The Modern Express was loaded with a cargo of vehicles and 3,700 tons of wood from Owendo, Gabon when it suffered a cargo shift. The shift caused the car carrier to develop a heavy starboard list of 40 degrees. The crew requested assistance and a helicopter was dispatched by Spanish authorities. All 22 crew on board the car carrier was air lifted to safety. A tug arrived on scene and was monitoring the situation. Reports state the owners of the Modern Express have arranged to have a salvage firm to assess the risks and evaluate salvage options while the vessel remains far off the coast.