The 152 meter long, 13031 dwt container ship Heinrich Schepers allided with a wall on the Scheldt just outside the entrance to Deurganckdok, Belgium. The Heinrich Schepers had suffered a mechanical fault and swung into the metal deflection wall resulting in a 2 meter hull breach above the waterline. No reports of injuries. Authorities report damage to the wall was minimal and has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 252 meter long tanker Nissos Therassia became disabled at the entrance to the Bosphorus Strait, Turkey. The tanker was headed for Midia with a cargo of oil when it suffered engine failure. Without power the Nissos Therassia went adrift. Authorities were alerted and three tugs were dispatched to the scene. The tugs took the tanker under tow through the Bosphorus and continued into the Black Sea. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
On July 26, the fishing vessel Virginia J sank in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Half Moon Bay, California. The Virginia J suffered water ingress and a distress call was sent out. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter and the 47 foot long response vessel to the scene. The Coast Guard also alerted other fishing vessels to assist in the rescue effort. The fishing vessel Redeemer responded and rescued the two crewmen off the Virigina J. No reports of injuries. The Virginia J later sank a few miles offshore. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.