On January 21, the 77 meter long 3129 dwt fishing vessel Enigma Astralis caught fire in the Okhotsk Sea near Magadan, Russia. A fire started from an explosion in the engine room resulting in dense smoke spreading through out the vessel. Unable to contain the toxic fumes, the 47 crew members on the Enigma Astralis requested assistance and abandoned ship. A nearby trawler came to the rescue and safely transferred all the crew. No reports of injuries.
The fire on board the Enigma Astralis appeared to be extinguish when flames reappeared again on the vessel. Authorities had dispatched the rescue tugboat Sibirsky to assist. The Sibirsky arrived on scene and was able to completely extinguish the blaze. The Enigma Astralis had sustained serious fire damage, but was still afloat. The Sibirsky took the fishing vessel under tow and proceeded to the nearest port. Reports state authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On January 10, the 140 meter long, 6407 dwt tanker Glard 2 collided with the 138 gt fishing vessel Dursun Ali Coşkun in the Black Sea some 5 miles off the coast of Kilyos, Turkey. The Glard 2 was headed to Izmir from Rostov-on-Don in heavy fog when it struck the fishing vessel. The Dursun Ali Coşkun quickly filled with water and sank within minutes. Three of the 6 crew on board the Dursun Ali Coşkun were later rescued from the water. The survivors were taken ashore and transported to hospital for treatment.
The Turkish Coast Guard launched a search and rescue operation to look for the remaining three men. The Coast Guard dispatched multiple lifeboats, patrol boats and helicopters to the scene. Nearby fishing boats assisted in the operation. By the next day, the Coast Guard had recovered the bodies of the missing men. Reports state the men may have been trapped in the cabin on the Dursun Ali Coşkun and were not able escape before the fishing vessel sank.
Reports state the Glard 2 proceeded to an anchorage near the entrance to the Istanbul Strait. No reports of injuries or pollution released from the tanker. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On December 9, the 88 foot long fishing vessel Sea Angels ran aground in Browns Inlet, North Carolina. The fishing vessel had suffered mechanical failure and went adrift. The crew sent out a distress call requesting assistance from the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard dispatched a 45-foot response boat along with a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to the scene and hoisted all four crewmen to safety off the Sea Angels. No reports of injuries.
Authorities state the Sea Angels went ashore in an area used by the United States Marine Corps for live-fire training. Since the 1940s, Browns Inlet has been prohibited due to the presence of unexploded ordnance scattered on the seafloor making salvage extremely dangerous.
Reports state the owners of the Sea Angels has hired a contractor to remove fuel off the fishing vessel. Authorities estimate 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel needs to be removed off the Sea Angels.