On March 20, the 225 meter long, 37421 dwt bulk carrier Algoma Conveyor ran aground on Lake Michigan near the mouth of the Fox River at Green Bay, Wisconsin. The vessel was proceeding along the navigation channel when it lost power and drifted aground. There were no injuries or damage on board the Algoma Conveyor. The Coast Guard was alerted and dispatch a team to inspect the bulk carrier. Reports state some of the cargo of salt will be lightered off the Algoma Conveyor before it will be refloated.
On March 3, the 225 meter long, 76525 dwt bulk carrier Aeoloian Grace ran aground at São Francisco do Sul, Brazil. The Aeoloian Grace was maneuvering just outside the port of Laje da Barata when it ran aground 500 meters from the port. Authorities were alerted and two tugs were dispatched to stabilize the bulk carrier. The grounding was most likely due to the low tide. Divers have inspected the hull and a team is onsite to monitor pollution. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Local authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On January 23, the 76 meter long, 1893 dwt bitumen tanker Reem 5 sank in the Arabian sea some 100 nautical miles off Karachi, Pakistan. The Reem 5 was en route to Hazira, India from Basrah when it suffered water ingress in the engine room. Unable to contain the flooding with the vessel’s pumps, the Reem 5 quickly began to sink. The crew sent out a distress call and prepared to abandon ship. The Indian Coast Guard received the message and directed the 197 meter long, 58849 dwt bulk carrier Ganga K to the scene. The Ganga K arrived and safely transferred 13 off the Reem 5. No reports of injuries. The Ganga K remained on scene to the monitor the Reem 5. The Reem 5 later sank the following day. Reports state the Ganga K is proceeding to Mumbai with the 13 crew of the Reem 5.