On May 3, the 200 meter long, 63276 dwt bulk carrier Pilatus Venture ran aground on the Parana River near Ramalla, Argentina. The Pilatus Venture was headed downstream bound for Tauranga when it stranded on a bank. Initial attempts to refloat itself have failed. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state the bulk carrier has partially block traffic at Ramalla.
On September 7. the 79 meter long, 1731 fishing vessel Urabain caught fire in the port of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. The trawler was waiting for the rising tide to leave port when a fire broke out in the forward cargo hold which contained some 50,000 kilograms packaging materials. The fire spewed out dense smoke making it difficult to contain. Local fire brigades were called upon to tackle the blaze and help evacuate the crew on board. One crewman sustained injuries and was later taken to hospital.
On September 9, the fire continued to burn within the interior of the Urabain. The fire had spread through the interior into the galley where several propane tanks exploded. Fire crews had used so much water and foam to fight he blaze, the vessel developed a list to starboard. Authorities started the water bilge to help lower water in the hold and reduce the listing. However, the heat was so intense that the hoses melted. Some 10 meters of the port hull plates have failed to continuous heat. Reports state the trawler will most likely sink at the pier due to the amount of hull damage already sustained.
On June 6, the 229 meter long, 87375 dwt bulk carrier Iolcos Vision ran aground on the Paraná River near Ramallo, Argentina. The Iolcos Vision was headed downstream bound for Imbituba, Brasil when it stranded near the 341 kilometer mark. The bulker remained aground for several hours until it was able to refloat itself. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.