The 17 meter long tugboat Diver Master capsized and sank near Fanö Island off Esbjerg, Denmark. The tug was assisting the 115 meter long, 1645 dwt four-masted barque Kruzenshtern out of the harbour along with the tug Svitzer Helios. The Kruzenshtern was to let go the two hawsers, one attached to each tug. One slipped free while the other became stuck. The line pulled the Diver Master down towards the Kruzenshtern flooding the vessel. A water police boat was nearby and two of the three crew on the Diver Master were able to leap to safety. A third crewman fell into the water, but a line was secured to him to avoid being pulled under. The Diver Master capsized and later sank in 10 meters of water. Authorities have monitors over the wreck site monitoring for pollution. The tugboat had some 3000 litres of fuel on board at the time of the sinking. Reports state the tug sank in the middle of the fairway obstructing traffic to and from the port of Esbjerg. A salvage team is expected to raise the tug by the following week.
The 33 meter long tug Skuld collided with a rig in the port of Esbjerg, Denmark. The Skuld was towing the drilling rig along side two other tugs when tug suffered engine failure. The Skuld continued forward until it struck the rig. The Skuld suffered severe water ingress as the hull was holed below the waterline. The other two tugs came to the aid of the Skuld and towed it back to port. The Skuld was berthed at a quay where the local fire brigade had pumps waiting. No reports of injuries. Authorities have placed booms around the Skuld as some diesel fuel pollution was released in the port.
The 73 meter long, 751 gt ferry Fenja went aground near Esbjerg, Denmark. The Fenja had just departed Esbjerg heading for Fano in a dense fog when it went aground on a sandbank. Passengers were transferred safely to a sister ferry Menja. The Fenja was able to be refloated on the next high tide and proceeded back to Esbjerg to be inspected. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.