The 20 meter long tugboat Chief caught fire while berthed in the port of San Diego, California. The fire started near the galley and quickly spread through the decks and wheelhouse. Local Firefighters were alerted and were able to extinguish the blaze in 30 minutes. Reports state that one person was staying on board at the time of the fire. Firefighters found his body in the vessel’s wheelhouse. The tug sustained some $300,000 in damages. The fire was under investigation.
On August 13, the 184 meter long container ship MSC Elsa 3 allided with the bulk carrier Katina near Hodeidah, Yemen. The MSC Elsa 3 was attempting to manuever to leave the anchorage when it struck the Katina. The Katina was undamaged, but the MSC Elsa 3 had sustained damage in its forecastle. The boxship returned to port and was inspected before allowed to continue on its voyage to Salaiah. No reports of injuries or pollution released.