The 144 meter long, 17095 dwt tanker Chem Norma ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Montreal, Quebec. The Chem Norma had departed from Montreal headed for Sarnia when it grounded near Morrisburg, Ontario. The tanker had suffered steering failure and grounded just outside the navigation channel. Authorities were contacted and inspected the vessel for damage. A survey found no water ingress or pollution released. Reports state the Chem Norma will be refloated assisted by tugs if necessary. No reports of injuries.
The 33 meter long passenger ferry Northern Star allided with a pier just outside the terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The Northern Star with 136 passengers was on its way to the ferry terminal Sha Tsui ferry terminal when it suffered some mechanical failure. The failure caused the ferry to veer off course and hit a the pier before crashing onto the shoreline. The impact caused many of the passengers and crew to be knocked off their feet. Seven crew suffered injuries, but all passengers were unharmed. The Northern Star had to be towed from the scene to the ferry terminal. The pier sustained damage to several pillars.
On May 19, the 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Fint sprung a leak on the Rhine while berthed near Basel, Switzerland. The Fint was bound for Birsfelden from Weil upon Rhine with a cargo of diesel fuel when it suffered water ingress in one of the cargo tanks. The crew was able to divert the cargo of fuel into another cargo tank. Authorities were alerted and arrived on scene to monitor the situation. No reports of injuries or pollution released.