The 87 meter long, 3600 dwt cargo vessel Guo Xing 1 collided with the 138 gt fishing vessel Daihachi Tomimaru off Tomari, Aomori, Japan. The Fishing vessel struck the Guo Xing 1 breaching the hull resulting in water ingress. The crew could not bring the flooding under control and the cargo vessel sank in 20 minutes. Only one of the 14 crew of the Guo Xing 1 has been rescued. A search and rescue operation was launched for the missing 13 crew. On the Daihachi Tomimaru one crew had a slight injury of the 15 on board. No reports of water ingress or pollution released from the fishing vessel. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On February 27, the 38 foot tugboat Nova sank on the Columbia River near Umatilla, Oregon. The Nova had broken from its mooring by high winds and drifted nearly a mile before it sank just upriver of the McNary Dam. Authorities were alerted and dispatched a response team to the scene.
State and Federal authorities found where the Nova had sunk. Divers inspected the wreck and found a 1 meter gash in the hull. Fuel vents were closed, but the Nova had already released oil pollution into the water. A light sheen was visible above the sunken tug. Booms and absorbent pads were used to contain the pollution.
Reports state a barge and crane was dispatched to lift the tug from the river bottom. The Nova was later recovered a few days later and taken to Vancouver. No reports of injuries as no one was on board the Nova at the time of the incident.