On February 6, the 30 meter long fishing vessel Min Long Yu 66822 sank in the Strait of Formosa near Penghu Islands, Taiwan. The Min Long Yu 66822 alerted authorities the vessel was in distress in moderate seas with waves reaching 4 meters. The fishing vessel had suffered uncontrolled water ingress. As the fishing vessel flooded, it developed a severe list to starboard.
Chinese authorities dispatched two helicopters while Taiwanese officials launched rescue boats to aid in the search and rescue operation. One helicopter arrived on scene first and hosted all 11 crew off the Min Long Yu. One crewman sustained minor injuries during the rescue.
On February 8, the fishing vessel Sea Puppy caught fire off St. Catherines Island, Georgia. The Coast Guard was alerted by the crew the vessel was on fire and sinking. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter from Savannah along with an 29 foot response boat from Tybee Island. The helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted all three crew off the Sea Puppy safely. No reports of injuries.
The fire gutted the vessel which a short time later sank. The Coast Guard remained on site to monitor the area for pollution. The incident is under investigation.
The 294 meter long, 7500 dwt passenger cruise ship Norwegian Star became disabled off Inverloch, Australia. The Norwegian Star was on a cruise from Melbourne to New Zealand when it suffered engine failure causing the vessel to go adrift. The vessel’s generators remained operational providing power to facilities and bow thrusters, but not enough to reach port.
Three tugs were dispatched and towed the Norwegian Star to Melbourne for repairs. Passengers were disembarked and were given alternative transportation back to Auckland. No reports of injuries.
Reports state the Norwegian Star had suffered engine problems just prior to this voyage. The vessel had developed a fault in the engine and was forced to proceed at reduced speed.