On July 15, the 110 meter long self-propelled barge Seinpost went adrift on the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal near Breukelen, Netherlands. Local authorities were alerted to the barge drifting in the canal during the night. They were able to wake up the master sleeping on board and the Seinpost was brought back to a quay. An investigation found the Seinpost had been tied up to another vessel at the quay. When that vessel departed, it left the Seinpost unmoored. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 180 meter long container ship Maersk Vilnius caught fire in the Caribbean Sea off Guadeloupe while en route to South Africa. The fire started in the engine room causing damage to the main engine resulting in a power black out. The crew requested assistance with the tug Alp Defender responding. The tug took the Maersk Vilnius under tow and proceeded to Panama for repairs. The crew was able to restore power to several refrigerated containers on board. No reports of injuries to 22 crew on board.
On March 29, the 164 meter long, 16038 dwt tanker Varzuga became disabled in the Gulf of Ob in the Barents Sea off Russia. The Varzuga had suffered a breakdown with its steering while in ice. The tanker requested assistance with the icebreakers 160 meter long 50 Let Pobedy and 150 meter long Vaygach responding. Both ice breakers were able to clear a path and the Vaygach took the Varzuga under tow until the tanker was clear of the ice. The tug Umka took over the tow and the vessels proceeded to Murmansk. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.