The 40 meter long high speed catamaran ferry KAI Shiuan No. 3 ran aground in the Taiwan Straits off Taiwan. The ferry was en route from Penghu Island to Dongshi, Chiayi, Taiwan with 346 passengers when it suffered engine failure. The catamaran went adrift until it ran aground some 8 miles off Taiwan. The vessel sustained hull damage and suffered water ingress. The crew sent out a distress call with the Taiwan Coast Guard responding.
The Coast Guard dispatched four rescue boats to the scene assisted by another passenger ship. Rescuers evacuated all 346 passengers off the KAI Shiuan No. 3. No reports of injuries. Reports state the passengers were calm and there was no panic on board, but several passengers stated they were nervous. No further details reported on the status of the KAI Shiuan No. 3.
The 25 meter long catamaran ferry Whaling City Express ran aground just off the pier at Highlands, New Jersey. The ferry with 95 passengers was about to dock at Highlands when it ran aground just 200 yards short of the pier.
The Whaling City Express alerted the Coast Guard of the incident. A rescue crew was dispatched to the scene along with the ferry New Jersey. The Coast Guard supervised the safe transfer of passengers off the Whaling City Express over to the ferry New Jersey. No reports of injuries.
During the transfer of passengers, the Whaling City Express was refloated. Both the New Jersey and Whaling City Express proceeded to berth at Highlands. No reports of damage or pollution released. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The high-speed catamaran Menina da Praia LS-01 caught fire while moored at Guaruja, San Paolo, Brazil. The ferry was undergoing maintenance when the fire broke out in the vessel’s stern. The local fire brigade was able to quickly respond and extinguish the blaze an hour later, but the ferry sustained significant damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Menina da Praia LS-01 served transportting passengers between Santos and Vincente de Carvalho.