The 48 meter long, 468 fishing vessel Feng Shun No. 3 ran aground off Gran Canaria Island, Canary Islands, Spain. The vessel went hard aground causing a starboard list. The crew of the Feng Shun No. 3 abandoned ship into the vessel’s two life rafts fearing that the fishing boat would heel over. Authorities were alerted and multiple vessels along with a helicopter were dispatched to scene. The 37 crew in the life rafts were safely rescued by a rescue boat. The master and chief engineer who had remained on board the Feng Shun, was hoisted to safety by the helicopter. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On April 11, the 136 meter long, 3372 dwt factory fishing vessel Oleg Naydenov caught fire while berthed in Reina Sofia, Las Palmas, Canary Islands. The fire started in a boiler in the engine room while the vessel was preparing to leave for Mauritania. Local firefighters initially brought the fire under control, but were not able to fully extinguish the blaze. Authorities decided to tow the Oleg Naydenov out of the port fearing the trawler could explode damaging other vessels in the port. A salvage vessel and tug towed the Oleg Naydenov 30 miles east of Gran Cararia. Hoping the fire would burn itself out, the Oleg Naydenov was left adrift off the island. However, the fire intensity damaged the hull and the Oleg Naydenov sank on April 14 in 2400 meters of water some 15 miles off the coast of Maspalomas, Gran Canaria. No reports of injuries. The Oleg Naydenov had some 1400 tons of fuel on board at the time of the fire. Authorities hope most of the fuel burned in the fire, but some was still on board when it sank.
The 98 meter long, 2118 dwt fishing vessel Adventure suffered an explosion in the engine room while off Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. The chief engineer suffered burns and was evacuated from the vessel by helicopter. A tug was dispatched to the scene and took the fishing vessel under tow en route to Las Palmas.