The 176 meter long, 3498 dwt cruise passenger ship Astor allided with the pier at Melbourne, Australia. Strong winds pushed the Astor against the end of the pier. Tugs were dispatched and were able to stabilize the cruise ship. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state wind gusts reached up to 100 km per hour.
On October 16, the 17 meter long fishing vessel Dianne capsized in Bustard Bay near Seventeen Seventy, Queensland, Australia. The trawler had capsized in bad weather during the night with the master at the helm and six crew asleep below. One crewman was able escape from the overturn vessel and clung to the hull for several hours before the Dianne sank. A passing yacht spotted him in the water and rescued him.
Reports state that several other crew had survived the capsizing and could be heard tapping inside the hull before the vessel sank. Authorities have launched a search and rescue in the surrounding area, but weather conditions has slowed the effort. The six crew were still reported as missing.
On September 15, the 50 meter long fishing vessel Mana ran arground on Musgrave Island, Queensland, Australia. Initial attempts to refloat the vessel by the crew had failed and the crew were forced to stay on board until the following day by a passing boat. The two crew were uninjured and safely taken to Bundaberg.
The Mana rests on a sandbank and is high and dry during low tide. Authorities report no damage and no pollution has been released, but the fishing vessel had some 8 tons of fuel on board at the time of the grounding. Authorities have a vessel monitoring the situation and are working on a salvage plan.