The 58 meter long, 800 dwt fishing vessel Sur Este 709 caught fire while berthed in Montevideo, Uruguay. The fire started in the fish processing compartment and quickly intensified by the stored packing materials in the compartment. The crew Sur Este 709 was unable to contain the blaze and local fire fighters arrived on scene. Fire fighters tried to contain the fire, but the fire had now spread through most of the superstructure. Authorities evacuated the pier and nearby vessels from the possible dangers of the fire spreading and the toxic dense smoke emitting from the holds of the trawler.
A short time later tugs were requested to tow the trawler away from the docks. Authorities feared there was a strong threat of explosion from ammonia cylinder tankers stored on board. The trawler was towed some 300 meters away from the piers to a nearby anchorage where tugs and fire boats continued fire fighting efforts through out the night.
The Sur Este 709 became so waterlogged that it capsized and partially sank on its port side. Authorities placed booms around the trawler to contain any pollution released. Reports state the fire has gutted the vessel and it is a constructive loss. No reports of injuries.
On June 9, the 106 meter long, 3688 dwt LPG tanker Annie Gas 09 collided with a fishing vessel TH 90282 TS in the Gulf of Tonkin near Hai Phong, Vietnam. The tanker had struck the fishing vessel during the early morning hours. The TH 90282 TS was heading to fish for squid off Hai Phong in moderate seas when the vessels collided. Reports state the fishing vessel quickly sank and only 2 of the 7 crew on board were rescued by the Annie Gas 09. One crew was at the helm and was thrown into the sea. He was able to grab onto a floating buoy until he was rescued. The other surviving crewman was below deck in his cabin during the collision. He states the fishing vessel quickly flooded and was able to find his way out of the vessel as it sank.
Authorities launched a search and rescue mission for the missing crew. Nearby vessels along with rescue boats assisted in the search. Reports state the Annie Gas 09 recovered the body of one crew of the TH 90282 TS from the water. Both survivors of the TH 90282 TS were later taken ashore for treatment for injuries.
No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released on the Annie Gas 09. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 18 meter long fishing vessel Tranquility BF 7 suffered water ingress in the North Sea off Unst, Shetland. The crew discovered the vessel had flooding via its fish hold and sent out a distress call requesting assistance. Two lifeboats with a coastguard helicopter were dispatched to the scene. The helicopter dropped a dewatering pump to the Tranquility which was able to bring the flooding under control. The lifeboats escorted the Tranquility back to port. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.