On January 30, the 68 meter long, 3028 dwt cargo vessel Mustafa Kemal 1 ran aground near Ömeiş beach in Hatay, Turkey. The Mustafa Kemal 1 had been moored offshore waiting to load a cargo of iron. A strong storm in the area caused the vessel’s anchors to drag and the Mustafa Kemal 1 went ashore. The 10 crew on board were rescued by a nearby tugboat. No reports of injuries.
The storm prevented any attempts to refloat the Mustafa Kemal 1. Reports state authorities are waiting for improved conditions before a tug will refloat the Mustafa Kemal 1 and towed it to a nearby port. No reports of damage or pollution released.
The 70 foot long fishing vessel Edna May collided with the 184 meter long, 37456 dwt tanker Iver Prosperity 25 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The tanker was heading for Providence loaded with a cargo of petroleum when it struck the Edna May. The Edna May sustained minor cosmetic damage while the tanker showed hull damage along the starboard section. The Coast Guard was alerted to the incident and dispatched the Coast Guard cutter Coho to the scene. The Coho escorted the Edna May back to port in Tiverton. The Iver Prosperity proceed to Providence where it will be surveyed for damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released on either vessel. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On January 26, the 61 meter long towboat Cooperative Spirit collided with the 22 meter long towboat RC Creppel on the Mississippi River off Luling, Louisiana. The Cooperative Spirit proceeded upbound on the river when it struck the RC Creppel and two barges ladden with sulfuric acid. The barges broke away and the RC Creppel quickly sank. One barge sustained damage and released vapor in the air. The Cooperative Spirit also reported significant damage, but remained afloat.
Authorities were alerted and the Coast Guard dispatched a response boat and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from New Orleans. Traffic on the Mississippi River was halted while the barges could be secured while searching for the four crew of the RC Creppel. One crewman from the RC Creppel was pulled from the water by a nearby boat.
Authorities continued a search into the following day, but no signs of the remaining 3 crewmen. Reports state the search and rescue operation finally ended after 67 hours of searching. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.