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.
The 204 meter long, 6515 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Cruise Olbia allided with the 214 meter long, 4700 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Athara in the port of Olbia, Sardinia, Italy. The Cruise Olbia was being assisted out of the port by tugs when a strong wind gust caused the ferry to strike the port side wing of the bridge of the Athara. Both vessels sustained minor damage and there were no injuries. The Cruise Olbia was able to proceed on its schedule voyage. The Athara made temporary repairs and was able to leave port later that night. Reports state both vessels were inspected by local authorities before leaving port.