On August 24, a passenger vessel capsized on the Baia de Todos os Santos off Salvador, Brazil. The vessel had departed from Salvador bound for Mar Grande with 129 passengers. The voyage is just about 20 kilometers across the bay and conditions were favorable. During the voyage, the vessel rolled over. Some 21 people were able to escape and were later rescued. Authorities launched a search and rescue operation. Reports state several bodies have been recovered. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On August 22, the wooden passenger ship Comandante Ribeiro sank on the Xingu River near Porto de Moz, Brazil. The river vessel had departed from Santarém with plan stops at the towns of Monte Alegro, Prainha and Porto de Moz. The vessel had between 40 and 75 passengers on board when it sank in stormy weather. Many passengers became trapped as many found shelter under a tarp due to the heavy rains.
Reports state some 15 people were able to swim ashore. Local residents along with authorities searched the area for survivors. Some 10 bodies have been recovered.
On June 7, the 229 meter long, 81162 dwt bulk carrier Tong Shun suffered water ingress while berthed at Santos, Brazil. The Tong Shun was loading 69,000 tons of soy when it suffered hull failure resulting in water ingress in the ballast tanks. The flooding couldn’t be controlled increasing the vessel’s draft. With the additional draft, the Tong Shun touched bottom. No report of injuries.
Divers were requested to inspect the Tong Shun hull and pumping system. Authorities placed booms around the bulk carrier as a precaution if pollution is released.