The 184 foot long, 561 gt ro-ro passenger ferry Makouria ran aground on the Essequibo River in Guyana. The ferry was headed to Parika from Supenaam and Wakenaam when it ran aground heavily ladden during a very low tide. The vessel remained stuck until the following high tide. Reports state the master knew the of low water level and may have to decided to risk proceeding due to the presence of an ambulance on board with a patient who had been injured. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The passengers on the ro-ro ferry Torani found themselves trapped on the Essequibo River near Wakenaam. After departing Parika, Guyana, the Torani lost steering when the rudder became stuck. The vessel sailed in circles for several hours until the engine failed and the generator burnt out. The ferry drifted when it finally went aground on a sandbank. After another few hours, a ferry and local boats came to the aid of the Torani. The boats were able to evacuate all the passengers and take them to Supenaam. No reports of injuries. The Torani was later taken under tow by its sister ferry MV Malali to Supernaam.