On January 9, the 62 foot long tugboat Gulf Man sank 6 miles northeast of Andros Island, Bahamas. The Gulf Man with a barge under tow departed from Miami bound for the Bahamas when it sprung a leak. With the crew unable to control the flooding, the vessel began to sink. The Coast Guard received an alert from the Gulf Man‘s emergency position tracking radio beacon (EPIRB) and launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to the scene. The helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted all three crew off the sinking tug. No reports of injuries. The helicopter flew the crew to Nassau, Bahamas. No further details reported.
The 180 meter long, 34613 dwt cargo vessel Cabrera ran aground and sank in the Aegean Sea off the northern coast of Andros Island, Greece. The Cabrera was headed to Tornio, Finland from Larimna with a cargo of 3400 tons of ferronickle in bad weather. When off Andros Island, the strong winds reaching 40 mph caused the cargo vessel to go hard aground along the rocky shoreline.
The Cabrera sustained multiple hull breaches and uncontrolled water ingress. The flooding caused the Cabrera do develop a severe list before it sank with just part of the superstructure above water. The crew alerted the Greek Coast Guard who dispatched a helicopter to the scene. All 9 crew on board were safely hoisted to safety and later taken to hospital. No reports of injuries.
Authorities have stated the cause of the grounding was due to the severe weather while other reports state the grounding was due to a navigation error. The Cabrera had some 20 tons of fuel on board at the time of the incident.
The 122 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Superferry II allided with a pier at Gavrio, Andros Island, Greece. The ferry had arrived from Tinos with 200 passengers when it struck the quay while attempting to berth. The Superferry II sustained damaged to its aft steering compartment and suffered water ingress. No reports of injuries. Passengers were transferred to another ferry and the Superferry II was detained in Gavrio for repairs. No reports of pollution released.