On January 14, the 89 meter long general cargo vessel Retaj caught fire while off Iskenderun, Turkey. The Retaj was loaded with a cargo of hay which caught fire. The 23 crew members on board abandoned ship and safely rescued. Fireboats pulled alongside the burning cargo ship and towed the Retaj to a nearby quay where local firefighters attempted to contain the blaze. The firefighters were able bring the fire under control the following day assisted by rain and efforts of the fireboats. Damage to the Retaj left the superstructure scorched and cargo destroyed.
The 73 meter long general cargo vesselSea Bird ran aground on the Mediterranean Sea near Antalya, Turkey. The Sea Bird had suffered engine failure in bad weather and dropped anchor. The anchors didn’t hold and the cargo vessel drifted ashore. The 14 crew on board were safely rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard and were later taken to local authorities. Reports state the Sea Bird had departed from Istanbul in ballast before it had suffered engine failure.
The 116 meter long, 3340 dwt general cargo ship Senator ran aground on the Volga River at Olya, Russia. The Senator was moving between berths when it veered out of the fairway and ran aground. The following day a tug assisted in refloating the vessel. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.