The 146 meter long, 15302 dwt container ship Xetha Bhum allided with the embankment on the Chao Praya River in the Phra Pradaeng District, Bangkok, Thailand. The Xetha Bhum was departing for a voyage to Singapore when it lost control and struck the embankment. The boxship sustained multiple hull breaches in the bow and sustained water ingress. No reports of injuries. The Xetha Bhum was inspected and allowed to be refloated. The Xetha Bhum was towed by two tugs back into port for repairs. The Coast Guard and local authorities have launched an investigation into incident.
On February 15, the 247 meter long, 105,928 dwt tanker Recife Knutsen ran aground on a sandbar off São Sebastião, Brazil. The tanker had planning to enter port, but a severe thunderstorm forced the vessel to wait until conditions improved. While the vessel moved away, it ran onto a sandbar. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Several tugs were dispatched to scene to help with refloating efforts.
On January 30, the fishing tug Sandy sank on Pere Marquette Lake at Ludington, Michigan. The vessel was at its winter berth when it’s hull was damaged by ice resulting in water ingress and sank. There were no injuries as no one was on board at the time of the sinking. The Coast Guard was notified and dispatched a response team to the scene to monitor salvage and any release of pollution. Reports state a few days later, equipment arrived and was able to hoist the Sandy out of the water.