The 200 meter long, 21081 dwt car carrier Alliance St. Louis caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico near Southwest Pass, Louisiana. The fire started in the engine room by an electrical short and was quickly extinguished by the crew. While there were no injuries, the fire damaged the engine and the car carrier went adrift. The crew alerted the Coast Guard who dispatched the cutter Brant to the scene. Reports state a tug was also dispatched to take the Alliance St. Louis under tow back to port. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On January 15, the 108 meter long, 7734 dwt cargo vessel Südkap became disabled in Kiel Canal at Kiel, Germany. The Südkap was headed to Beira from St. Petersburg when it suffered a power failure when the main engine failed. The vessel remained in Kiel for several hours until the crew was able to complete repairs and continued on its voyage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.