On January 15, the 56 meter long cargo vessel Star Lord became disabled in the Taiwan Strait off Changhua, Taiwan. The Star Lord was en route to South Korea from Kaohsiung, Taiwan when it suffered a cargo shift. The vessel sustained a significant list to port. Unable to correct the list, the crew dropped anchor and sent out a distress call. Taiwanese maritime authorities dispatched a helicopter to the scene. The helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted all 7 crew off the Star Lord to safety. No reports of injuries.
No reports on salvage efforts for the cargo vessel. Authorities state the Star Lord remains afloat and continues to monitor the area.
On December 25, 2019, the 90 meter long, 3700 dwt dry cargo vessel Nevado 35 ran aground off Tekirdağ, Turkey. The Nevado 35 had suffered rudder failure and veered toward the shoreline before running aground just 35 meters off the coast. The cargo vessel remained aground for 2 days after several failed attempts to refloat itself. The vessel then requested help with a tug dispatched to the scene. Weather prevented the Nevado 35 to be pulled free. For another week, the Nevado 35 remained stuck off the shoreline. A lighter vessel was requested and some 3000 tons of sunflower meal was offloaded from the Nevado 35. By January 5, the Nevado 35 had been refloated and moored off Tekirdağ to be surveyed. No reports of injuries to the 11 crew on board.
The 134 meter long, 9200 dwt cargo vessel Shantar collided with the 134 meter long, 7346 dwt cargo vessel Tanir in Avacha Bay, Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka, Russia. The Shantar’s bow struck into the portside of the Tanir resulting in a breach below the waterline and water ingress. Divers were called out and a patch sealed the breach on the Tanir. No reports of injuries. Both vessels later proceeded to Petropavlovsk for inspection.