On August 29, the towboat Espiritu Paraguayo sank on the Paraná river near Bella Vista, Argentina. The towboat was pushing a string of barges when it struck an unknown underwater object puncturing the vessel’s hull. The Espiritu Paraguayo later sank with the hull on the bottom with only part of the superstructure remaining above the water. Authorities arrived on scene and stopped the traffic near the tug. Oil pollution was spotted around the towboat. No reports of injuries.
The 176 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Stena Spirit caught fire while off Gdynia, Poland. The Stena Spirit was en route to Gdynia from Karlskrona with 550 passengers when a fire broke out on the car deck. The fire started from a truck on the car deck which caused black dense smoke to spread through out the ferry. The passengers were mustered on deck while the crew extinguished the blaze. The Stena Spirit arrived in Gdynia where the local fire brigade boarded the ferry to conduct an investigation. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On August 27, the 12 meter long towboat Intrepide partially sank while moored at a quay in Baasrode, Belgium. The towboat became flooded when one of the mooring lines became trapped when the tide changed. The Intrepide became trapped and the vessel’s stern slowly sank The local fire brigade was alerted and attempted to pull the Intrepide back to the quay, but the towboat was too waterlogged and the mooring line had to be cut. The Intrepide sank by the stern. No reports of injuries.