On February 28, the 83 meter long, 30147 gt oil rig West Taurus allided with the 151 meter long, 8932 dwt container ship Spica in the port of Tenerife, Canary Islands. The West Taurus had been moored in the east basin of the port when cyclone Emma passed by the area. Strong winds slammed against the oil rig causing it to pull away from its moorings and break a bollard. Winds continued to push the vessel across the basin until it struck the moored Spica. The Spica sustained a 4 meter long hull breach below the waterline resulting in water ingress in the cargo hold. The hold quickly filled with 9 feet of water as the Spica’s pumps were unable to keep up with the flooding. Seven dewatering pumps along with divers arrived on scene a short time later. The divers patched the hull while the pumps removed the water out of the hold. Tugs towed the West Taurus back to its berth. No reports of injuries.
On February 22, the 18 meter long towboat Leland Speaks caught fire on the Mississippi River near Greenville, Mississippi. The Leland Speaks was pushing 21 barges when fire broke out on the towboat. The crew was unable to extinguish the blaze and requested assistance. Local towboats responded and rescued the eight crew. No reports of injuries. The towboats pushed the burning Leland Speaks aground near the riverbank. No reports of pollution released. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On March 3, the 270 meter long, 74375 dwt MSC Madrid collided with the 199 meter long, 14012 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Primula Seaways off Flushing, Netherlands. The MSC Madrid had made a turn which caused it to strike into the port side of the Primula Seaways. Both vessels sustained significant damage above the waterline and were detained until surveys could be completed. The Primula Seaways was found seaworthy and allowed to proceed on its voyage to Ghent later the same day. The MSC Madrid was also allowed to continue on its voyage from Hamburg to Antwerp. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.