On January 11, the 225 meter long bulk carrier Atlantic Erie ran aground in the Gulf of St. Lawrence the Ship Channel Grande-Entrée, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec. Fully laden with a cargo of salt, the Atlantic Erie was leaving Grande-Entrée when it stalled in windy conditions. The bulk carrier was pushed by the winds onto a nearby sandbar. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The bulk carrier did suffer some minor damage. Reports state efforts were arranged to tow the Atlantic Erie free of the sandbar.
The 50 meter long, 290 dwt research vessel Coriolis II ran aground in the Gulf of St. Lawrence near Pointe-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada. The research vessel struck an uncharted shoal, but did not suffer major damage. No reports of injuries to the 24 people on board. The Coriolis II was able to proceed to Baie Comeau where it was to undergo inspection.