On April 15, the 45 meter long tanker Wan Da capsized and sank in the Malacca Straits near Johor, Malaysia. All the crew on board the Wan Da were able to escape before the vessel rolled over. Malaysian patrol vessels monitored the overturned tanker as it drifted across shipping lanes into Indonesian waters. Reports state Indonesian patrol vessels had secured a tow line to the Wan Da and tried to tow the tanker towards Riau Islands. Another report states the Wan Da sank before it could be towed to safety. Authorities state an oil spill was spotted off Tanjung Penyusop.
The 11 meter long fishing vessel Viknafjord sank at its berth at Rørvik, Norway. The vessel had sprung a leak and sunk at the dock. No reports of injuries, but some diesel fuel was released. Authorities arrived on scene and placed dewatering pumping on board. Straps were attached and the Viknafjord was later raised later the same day. Reports state some absorbent pads were able to collect some of the pollution released.
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.