The 73.5 meter long, 422 dwt ro-ro ferry Maria Matilde struck the island of Tablas, Philippines. The ferry had departed from Odiongan bound for Romblon Island with 251 passengers. The ferry was in heavy rain as it passed through the Tablas Strait and struck a large rock formation off Tablas Island. The bow of the ferry sustained severe damage above the waterline. Reports state 87 passengers sustained injuries with several having major injuries. The injured were taken to Romblon by rescuers for treatment. Four vehicles sustained damage by the impact.
There are multiple and conflicting reports to the cause of the incident. One report states the vessel had suffered steering failure while another states an error with the navigation system resulted in the allision. All accounts state visibility was limited due to the heavy rains. The Philippine Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 140 meter long tanker Balt Flot 3 collided with a barge on the Volga-Baltic Sea Canal near Kurdyug, Russia. The Balt Flot 3 was proceeding with 5193 tons of fuel oil when it changed course to allow a cargo vessel to pass. Unfortunately, the tug BT-Petrokrepost and barge #3428 was in the direct path of the tanker. The barge struck head-on with the Balt Flot 3 causing damage to the tanker below the waterline. The Balt Flot 3 suffered hull breach and water ingress in the bow thruster compartment. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Details and status of the barge and tug were not reported.
On September 22, the 63 meter long self-propelled barge Aquaventus allided with a bunker/supply vessel on the Beneden-Merwede River near Hardinxveld, Netherlands. The Aquaventus sustained a large dent in the hull, but no water ingress reported. The bunker sustained damage to its gangway and moorings. No reports of injuries or pollution from either vessel.
Authorities arrived on the scene and has launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the vessel was able to continue on its voyage a few days later.