On April 26, the 101 meter long, 7226 dwt tanker Black Pearl became disabled in the Coral Sea near Gladstone, Australia. The Black Pearl was en route to Gladstone from Kaohsiung when it suffered engine failure. A tug was dispatched and took the tanker under tow before it drifted ashore. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 42 foot long fishing vessel Last Stand sank off Cape May, New Jersey. The Last Stand was heading back to port when it was struck by the 78 foot long Tug Dean Reinauer. The three crew on board scrambled into survival suits and abandoned into the vessel’s life raft. The vessel sank within minutes. A Coast Guard response boat arrived on scene and rescued the crew. No reports of injuries. The incident is under investigation.
The 106 meter long, 4987 dwt tanker Oraholm became in the Kiel Canal disabled near the Holtenau Locks, Germany. The tanker was entering the locks when it suffered engine failure. Two tugs were dispatched and towed the tanker out of the lock to a nearby quay. The crew were able to make repairs the following day and the Oraholm proceeded on its voyage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.