On September 29, the 41 meter long research / fishing vessel Norton Sound caught fire while berthed in San Diego, California. Reports state authorities were alerted who dispatched local fire fighters to the scene. Assisted by the Coast Guard, fire fighters tried to extinguish the blaze. However, the fire was too intense below decks to be contained. They decided to let the fire to burn itself out. Heavy smoke was reported to still billow out of the Norton Sound the following day. Authorities state it may take up to 50 hours for the fire to die out.
No reports of injuries. The cause of the fire was not disclosed. Reports state there was no one on board the vessel at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
On September 25, the 90 meter long cargo vessel Allin suffered a minor accident while loading cargo at Port Dikili in Izmir, Turkey. The Allin was loading some 2810 tons of chipboard when the vessel lost stability and developed a heavy list to port. The cargo of chipboard slid off the deck and crashed onto the quay and into the sea. Those nearby were startled by the noise caused by the cargo shift. No reports of injuries. Local authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On September 26, the 16.5 meter long ferry Gorinchem X collided with the 85 meter long self-propelled cement tanker-barge Tarsis on the Merwede near Werkendam, Netherlands. The Gorinchem X was proceeding in dense fog between Gorinchem and Sleeuwijk with just two crew on board. For some unreported reason, the crew of the Gorinchem X lost control and struck the Tarsis. The Tarsis did sustain some damage by the collision, but the Gorinchem X suffered significant damage. The bow of the Gorinchem X was stoved-in. Both crewmen on the Gorinchem X suffered injuries requiring treatment. No reports of injuries or pollution released from the Tarsis.
A KNLM lifeboat along with the local fire brigade and water police patrol boat arrived on scene. Authorities brought the two crew off the Gorinchem X to shore. Authorities found the Tarsis able to proceed under its own power. The tanker proceeded to Hansweert for further inspection.