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.
On January 21, the dredge barge Everett Fisher ran aground in the Matagorda Ship Channel near Port Lavaca, Texas. The dredger had sprung a leak and could not control the flooding. The crew alerted authorities and requested assistance. The 30 meter long towboat Dana Robyn arrived on scene and pushed the Everett Fisher until it ran aground. The Dana Robyn took the four crew off the Everett Fisher safely. No reports of injuries. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On January 11, the 110 foot long tug Lumberman went aground off Norway Point, Juneau, Alaska. The tug had been moored in the Gastineau Channel when the tug dragged its anchor before drifting aground. No reports of injuries. The Coast Guard and local authorities monitored the Lumberman and contracted with a private companies to free the tug. The following day the Lumberman was pulled free and towed to a nearby dock. Reports state the Lumberman was a derelict and a disposal plan was under development. There was no fuel or oil on board the Lumberman.
The Lumberman has been a problem before. In May 2019, the tug had broke its anchor lines and went adrift.