The 42 meter long fish carrier Ringaskjær ran aground near Hekkingen, Norway. The Ringaskjær had some 300 tons of herring on board when it struck a rock and sustained hull damage. The fish carrier suffered water ingress. The crew alerted authorities who dispatched vessels and a helicopter to the scene. The NSSR lifeboat arrived a short time later and found the Ringaskjær had sustained a large amount of flooding. The NSSR lifeboat deployed out several dewatering pumps to bring the flooding under control. Authorities removed part of the cargo of herring from the holds.
After the water ingress was controlled and the fish carrier was no longer in danger of sinking, the Ringaskjær was taken under tow to Eidkjosen by the NSSR lifeboat. No reports of injuries.
On January 2, the 308 foot long fishing carrier Ou Ya Leng No. 6 ran aground in the Marshall Islands on Taka Atoll. United States Coast Guard dispatched an aircraft to scene and found the crew was safe and no signs of pollution. Two fishing vessels were en route to help unload cargo from the Ou Ya Leng No. 6.
Reports state no injuries to the 24 crew. The incident is under investigation.
On October 18, the 69.5 meter long, 2494 dwt fish carrier Seikongen capsized and sank near Puerto Montt, Chile. The Seikongen loaded with 200 kilos of salmon bound for Chonchi when it suffered water ingress in the bow. Even though the Seikongen was nearly brand new, the fish carrier’s pumps were unable to control the flooding. To avoid sinking, the master of the Seikongen changed course for the closest shallow water. The Seikongen was able to run aground and it looked if the vessel would avoid sinking. However, the flooding continued causing the vessel to lose stability and develop a list to starboard. A short time later the vessel rolled over onto its side and sank just below the surface.
Reports state the 11 crew on board the Seikongen were safely evacuated before the vessel sank. Authorities deployed booms around the wreck in hopes to contain any pollution released. The Seikongen had some 67,000 litres of fuel on board at the time. Chilean Navy divers have inspected the hull and report no fuel leaks. Authorities have also stated the cargo of 37,000 salmon have most likely perished in the holds and would be left in the sealed holds to avoid damaging the environment.
The owners of the Seikongen are coordinating salvage efforts with Chilean authorities. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.