On January 18, the 90 meter long, 4198 dwt general cargo vessel Tarzan allided with the lock wall on the Kiel Canal at Brunsbüttel, Germany. The Tarzan was headed for Liepaja, Latvia from Eemshaven, Netherlands when it entered the northern lock at Brunsbüttel. The vessel struck the side wall resulting in a two to three meter scratch along the port side of the vessel. Authorities detained the Tarzan for inspection before allowing it to proceed on its voyage. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the cause of the incident was due to a miscommunication.
On January 16, the 75 meter long, 2368 dwt cargo vessel Viet Phu 16 suffered hull damage in the East China Sea near Cu Lao Cham Island, Quang Nam, Vietnam. The Viet Phu 16 was en route from Hai Phong to Chu Lai with 2330 tons of cement when it struck bottom. The vessel sustained bow hull damage and two cargo holds were holed. The crew directed the vessel to shallow waters off Cu Lao Cham Island to avoid sinking.
Authorities dispatched to scene and inspected the hull damage. Divers were later called to conduct repairs to the hull. No reports of injuries to the 10 crew and no pollution released.
On January 5, the 41 meter long 194 dwt ro-ro cargo vessel Grigory Lovtsov became stuck in ice in the Sea of Okhotsk off the Shantar Islands. The Grigory Lovtsov sent out a distress call that it was trapped in the ice and was risk of ice damaging the hull. Authorities dispatched a Mi-8 helicopter from Khabarovsk to assist the vessel. The helicopter arrived on scene and was able to safely rescue all 8 of the crew. They were taken to Nikolaevsk-on-Amur. No reports of injuries.