The 202 meter long, 3210 dwt passenger ship Bahamas Celebration suffered a fire while off Grand Bahama, Bahamas. One of the vessel’s six generators had caught fire in the engine room. A piston rod broke and went through the side of the engine. The crew was able to quickly contain and extinguish the blaze. However, the vessel’s main engine was shut down requiring a tugs to tow the vessel into port. None of the 707 passengers or 300 crewmen were injured. No reports of any pollution being released.
The ferry M/V Legacy went aground on a reef on Cherokee Sound near Lynyard Cay, Abaco. Reports state the Legacy was struck by a large wave which pushed the vessel onto the reef. The vessel began to take on water and the crew sent out a distress call. Personnel from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association and U.S. Navy rescued all 18 persons aboard the M/V Legacy. No reports of injuries. Reports are unclear if the vessel will able to be salvaged or has broken up on the reef. The M/V Legacy routinely carries supplies to Abaco from Nassau.
Correction: The M/V Legacy is a ro-ro ferry not an articulated tug and barge. Thanks to the site: The Abaco Scientist