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 77 meter long 3129 dwt fishing vessel Enigma Astralis caught fire in the Okhotsk Sea near Magadan, Russia. A fire started from an explosion in the engine room resulting in dense smoke spreading through out the vessel. Unable to contain the toxic fumes, the 47 crew members on the Enigma Astralis requested assistance and abandoned ship. A nearby trawler came to the rescue and safely transferred all the crew. No reports of injuries.
The fire on board the Enigma Astralis appeared to be extinguish when flames reappeared again on the vessel. Authorities had dispatched the rescue tugboat Sibirsky to assist. The Sibirsky arrived on scene and was able to completely extinguish the blaze. The Enigma Astralis had sustained serious fire damage, but was still afloat. The Sibirsky took the fishing vessel under tow and proceeded to the nearest port. Reports state authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
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.