On August 24, the 226 meter long, 41342 dwt bulk carrier Gleamstar ran aground on the Parana River near Ramallo. The vessel was en route to San Nicolas, Argentina when it grounded in the River to low water levels. The Gleamstar remained aground until tugs were able to pull the vessel free the following day. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 117 meter long passenger cruise ship Akademik Ioffe ran aground in the Gulf of Boothia near Kugaaruk, Nunavut, Canada. The vessel was on a cruise of the arctic with 160 passengers and crew when it struck bottom and sustained water ingress. Authorities were alerted and dispatched two icebreakers and various aircraft to the scene. Even with damage, the Akademik Ioffe was in stable condition and there were no injuries on board.
Owners of the Akademik Ioffe dispatched another vessel, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, to the scene the following morning. Aided by authorities, all passengers and some crew were transferred off the Akademik Ioffe to the Akademic Sergey Vavilov. A small number of crew remained on board when the the passengers ship was refloated and proceeded to Kugaaruk where it anchored. No reports of pollution released.
On August 23, the 22 meter long fishing vessel Rose Marie caught fire near Chatham, Massachusetts. The fire could not be contained by the crew and they sent out a distress call. Nearby fishing vessels responded as well as the 270 foot Coast Guard cutter Legare and aircraft from Cape Cod. Before rescuers could reach the Rose Marie, the crew abandoned ship into a life raft as the super structure became engulfed in flames. All four crew of the Rose Marie were later rescued by nearby fishing vessels.
Reports state the fire eventually burned itself out and a commercial tug took the Rose Marie under tow back to port in New Bedford. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.