On July 19, the 158 meter long, 16000 dwt tanker Nordic Wolverine ran aground in the Caribbean Sea off Barranquilla, Columbia. The tanker departed from Cartagena loaded with chemicals and arrived off the entrance to the Magdalena River when it ran aground off the breakwater. Tugs were dispatched but were unable to free the Nordic Wolverine. The tanker had gone aground on rocky bottom and authorities requested a special tug to pull it free.
The tanker remained aground six days until the tug arrived and were finally able to free the Nordic Wolverine. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 180 meter long container ship Maersk Vilnius caught fire in the Caribbean Sea off Guadeloupe while en route to South Africa. The fire started in the engine room causing damage to the main engine resulting in a power black out. The crew requested assistance with the tug Alp Defender responding. The tug took the Maersk Vilnius under tow and proceeded to Panama for repairs. The crew was able to restore power to several refrigerated containers on board. No reports of injuries to 22 crew on board.
The 136 meter long, 11108 dwt container ship Haneburg became disabled in the Caribbean Sea near Venezuela. The Haneburg had lost power after suffered engine failure. The crew was unable to restart the engine and vessel requested assistance. A tug arrived on scene and took the container ship under tow to Willemstad, Curacao. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Haneburg was en route from La Guaira, Venezuela.