On July 18, the 48 foot long fishing vessel Gladstone ran aground near Jones Island, Washington. The Gladstone had struck a rock and suffered water ingress before running aground. Two nearby vessels came to the aid of the Gladstone and safely rescued the single person on board. No reports of injuries. Authorities arrived on scene and found a sheen of diesel fuel had formed around the vessel. The Gladstone had some 900 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time. Some 700 gallons of fuel had been safely removed,. The Coast Guard and state authorities have dispatched a pollution response team to the scene. Reports states a salvage team was able to seal the hull and towed the Gladstone to a nearby marina.
On April 26, the 101 meter long, 7226 dwt tanker Black Pearl became disabled in the Coral Sea near Gladstone, Australia. The Black Pearl was en route to Gladstone from Kaohsiung when it suffered engine failure. A tug was dispatched and took the tanker under tow before it drifted ashore. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 224 meter long, 74823 dwt bulk freighter Samatan ran aground at Gladstone, Australia. The Samatan was at anchor when it dragged allowing the freighter to drift onto a mud bank. The Samatan was later refloated the same day by the assistance of several tugs. The tugs towed the Samatan to deeper water where it was later inspected for damage. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The Samatan had stopped at Gladstone to refuel after leaving Newcastle with a cargo of coal.