On January 11, the 72 meter long, 980 gt ro-ro passenger ferry Gay Head allided with a construction barge at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The ferry was backing into the terminal when strong winds caused the Gay Head to strike the barge. The barge and ferry only sustained light cosmetic damage. No reports of injuries. The Coast Guard made an inspection of the Gay Head and allowed it to resume service later the same day.
On January 6, the 33 meter long, 275 gt passenger ferry Ocean Jet 7 ran aground some 1500 meters off Plaridel Port in Misamis Occidental, Philppines. The vessel was en route to Tagbilaran City when it encountered heavy seas and strong winds. The waves drove the Ocean Jet 7 off course and aground on its starboard side of the hull. The Philippine Coast Guard dispatched a rescue vessels to the scene and safely transported 271 passengers and 17 crew to Plaridel Port. No reports of injuries.
A tug was dispatched to help refloat the Ocean Jet 7 and take it under tow back to port. No reports of pollution released.
The 46 meter long, 98 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Spiekeroog 4 ran aground at the harbour entrance to Neuharlingersiel, Germany. The ferry was en route to Neuharlingersiel from Spiekeroog with 140 passengers when it became stuck just outside the island port. The Skiekeroog 4 requested assistance with the DGzRS lifeboat from Neuharlingersiel responding. The lifeboat tried to free the ro-ro ferry, but the Skiekeroog 4 would not budge. The ferry would remain stuck for another 7 hours until the rising tide allowed the Skiekeroog 4 to break free and berth in Neuharlingersiel. Passengers were offered free meals during the delay. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state authorities will conduct a survey for any new sandbars in the area.