On February 28, the 292 meter long, 61636 dwt container ship Maersk Garonne ran aground in Fremantle, Australia. The Maersk Garonne was entered the inner harbour when it ran aground on a sand bank. The vessel remained aground a few hours until tugs were able to pull the boxship free. The vessels proceeded to a nearby anchorage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On August 17, 2014, a severe storm struck Fremantle, Australia. In the port the 200 meter long car carrier Grand Pioneer and the 149 meter long, 18762 dwt general cargo vessel AAL Fremantle were moored alongside the north quay. Crews were busy unloading cars from the Grand Pioneer as the winds picked up. The winds increased as gusts topped over 122 kph. The crew had just completed unloading vehicles when the stern mooring lines of the Grand Pioneer snapped. At the same time, the bowlines of the AAL Fremantle snapped. Both vessels pushed by the wind swung out into the harbor. The AAL Fremantle allided with the nearby rail bridge. The Grand Pioneer struck the 65 meter long, 1639 dwt bunker tanker Parmelia 1 which was moored near the bridge. Both the bridge and vessels sustained damage. Authorities closed traffic to the bridge until it could be inspected. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 100 meter long, 6259 dwt freighter Princess Mary went aground near Fremantle, Australia. The freighter fully loaded with cargo was headed fro Christmas Island when it lost power and ran into the northern breakwater. The Princess Mary was able to refloat itself and proceeded to a nearby anchorage for inspections. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution release.