The 93 meter long, 3517 dwt tanker Atlantis Armona allided with 3 self-propelled barges along with the 6980 dwt, 135 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Chamisa-D at Botlek, Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Atlantis Armona had arrived in ballast at Botlek and was maneuvering to berth at a quay when a signal confusion to the engine room put the tanker astern rather than ahead. The tanker struck 3 self-propelled barges which sustained minor hull damage. The Chamisa-D broke its mooring lines and was pushed into the quay. The Chamisa-D sustained hull damage and will remain in port until repairs can be completed. No reports of injuries or pollution released. All the vessels involved in the incident were inspected for damage. Reports state the Atlantis Armona will make repairs and continue on its way to load a cargo of linseed oil.
On January 15, the 56 meter long cargo vessel Star Lord became disabled in the Taiwan Strait off Changhua, Taiwan. The Star Lord was en route to South Korea from Kaohsiung, Taiwan when it suffered a cargo shift. The vessel sustained a significant list to port. Unable to correct the list, the crew dropped anchor and sent out a distress call. Taiwanese maritime authorities dispatched a helicopter to the scene. The helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted all 7 crew off the Star Lord to safety. No reports of injuries.
No reports on salvage efforts for the cargo vessel. Authorities state the Star Lord remains afloat and continues to monitor the area.
On January 9, the 62 foot long tugboat Gulf Man sank 6 miles northeast of Andros Island, Bahamas. The Gulf Man with a barge under tow departed from Miami bound for the Bahamas when it sprung a leak. With the crew unable to control the flooding, the vessel began to sink. The Coast Guard received an alert from the Gulf Man‘s emergency position tracking radio beacon (EPIRB) and launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to the scene. The helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted all three crew off the sinking tug. No reports of injuries. The helicopter flew the crew to Nassau, Bahamas. No further details reported.