On May 24, the 71 meter long, 200 dwt high-speed ro-ro passenger ferry Isola Di Capraia ran aground in the Adriatic Sea at the harbor of San Nicola, Tremiti Islands, Italy. The ferry had sailed from Termoli with 27 passengers. As the Isola Di Capraia attempted to enter the harbor at San Nicola, it lost control. The crew drop both anchors, but the ferry continued forward until it ran aground on the outer breakwater. The ferry pulled itself free a short time later and proceeded to its berth. Divers inspected the hull and found minor damage to the bow. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The crew made repairs and the Isola Di Capraia was able to proceed back to Termoli. Reports state the ferry had suffered a mechanical breakdown resulting in the grounding.
On April 8, the 114 meter long , 2893 dwt cargo vessel Bellatrix caught fire in the Ionian Sea some 180 miles off Catania, Italy. The Bellatrix was en route to Samsun from Khoms when a fire broke out in the vessel’s engine room. The fire quickly grew out of control and the crew sent out a distress call. The nearby cargo vessel Arife responded and rescued all 12 crew on board the Bellatrix safely. Italian authorities dispatched vessels and aircraft to the scene to monitor the Bellatrix. Reports state a tug has been hired to take the Bellatrix under tow and proceed to Aliaga, Turkey. The Bellatrix was proceeding in ballast only. No reports of injuries.
On January 15, the 118 meter long, 7200 dwt cargo vessel Zaanborg allided with the ENI gas platform AGIP 1 off Ravenna, Italy. The Zaanborg had departed from Ravenna bound for Piraeus when it struck the platform. The Zaanborg returned to Ravenna where it was detained. The cargo vessel had sustained a large gash in the forepeak above the waterline. No details reported on the AGIP 1 as it was not in operation. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
Reports state there was fog in the area at the time of the incident. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.