The 24 meter long self-propelled barge Stella Maris caught fire on the IJssel at Capelle upon the IJssel, Netherlands. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room while it was proceeding to Rotterdam. The fire quickly spread through the vessel and engulfed the wheelhouse. A workboat pushed the Stella Maris to the shore where local fire brigade and boats extinguished the blaze. The sole person on board was rescued without any injuries.
The full extent of damage to the vessel had not been reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
On July 29, the 55 meter long, 100 dwt high-speed catamaran passenger ferry Flyingcat 4 allided with the breakwater at Rafina, Greece. The vessel was heading into Rafina to dock with 209 passengers and 6 crew when it suffered a mechanical fault as it approached the breakwater. The ferry sustained damage, but there were no injuries on board. Greek coast guard dispatched vessels to the scene and transferred passengers off the ferry to shore. Reports state divers were requested to inspect the hull for damage.
On July 29, the 30 meter long passenger 2-masted sailing ship Helena ran aground off Kjeholmen, Norway. The vessel was on a charter voyage with 123 passengers when it ran aground onto the rocks. Reports state the master of the Helena thought the water was deeper than it was actually. There was no panic on board and the vessel suffered minimal damage as it was proceeding at a slow speed. The vessel contacted the NSSR who dispatched a lifeboat to the scene. Half a hour later, the lifeboat pulled the Helena free. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.