The 140 meter long, 6207 dwt cargo vessel Zernograd went aground on the Don River off Petrovskiy, Russia. The Zernograd was en route to Trabzon, Turkey from Rostov-on-Don with a cargo of grain when it became stuck on the river. The crew was unable to refloat the vessel and requested assistance of a tug. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
On January 23, the 76 meter long, 1893 dwt bitumen tanker Reem 5 sank in the Arabian sea some 100 nautical miles off Karachi, Pakistan. The Reem 5 was en route to Hazira, India from Basrah when it suffered water ingress in the engine room. Unable to contain the flooding with the vessel’s pumps, the Reem 5 quickly began to sink. The crew sent out a distress call and prepared to abandon ship. The Indian Coast Guard received the message and directed the 197 meter long, 58849 dwt bulk carrier Ganga K to the scene. The Ganga K arrived and safely transferred 13 off the Reem 5. No reports of injuries. The Ganga K remained on scene to the monitor the Reem 5. The Reem 5 later sank the following day. Reports state the Ganga K is proceeding to Mumbai with the 13 crew of the Reem 5.
The 88 meter long, 2689 dwt cargo vessel Pollux ran aground on Lake Vanern off Hönsäter, Sweden. The Pollux was headed for Hällekis with a cargo of bentonite when it veered from the fairway and became stuck on a mud bank. The tugboat Lidköping was dispatched to assist refloating the Pollux. The tug’s first attempt failed with the towline breaking, but a later attempt was successful. The Pollux was taken to a quay in Hällekis for inspection. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.