One half of the self-propelled tanker barge Anna Soraya was towed into Ijmuiden by the tug Ferox on September 6. The Anna Soraya had broke-in-two in the Bay of Biscay with the bow section sinking.
A 25 meter long, 250 ton section of the Rena broke off and sank into the water during rough seas this week (Visible in the photo above). The section held salvage equipment including cutting equipment worth thousands of dollars. Reports state the equipment will be recovered by divers and the the section will be cut-up and removed.
Two fishing vessels sank in Breaksea Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand after filling with rainwater. The oyster boat Karaka and the fishing vessel Michelle had been moored together when they sank spilling some 100 litres of fuel and oil into the water. Authorities state the pollution was dispersed by strong winds and waves. No one was on board the vessels at the time of the sinking.
United States Coast Guard Crews work on removing the grounded 202 foot long freighter Jireh. The Jireh’s hull had deteriorated making salvage impossible. The response crew are working to lift the freighter off the beach and refloat it a short distance to a site where it will be allowed to sink. More on the grounding can be read here.
The 56 meter long freighter Jireh ran aground near Mona Island, Puerto Rico. The vessel loaded with 100 migrants passengers was en route to St. Martin when it struck a reef. Some 80 passengers swam ashore to the island with the remaining passengers staying on board.
Coast Guard Watchstanders immediately launched an Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to the scene and notified federal and state agencies of the situation. The Coast Guard Cutter Cushing is currently on scene assessing the situation, rendering assistance and accounting for all the people who remain on board the vessel.
At this time no signs of pollution have been detected in the water. Coast Guard pollution response personnel are responding as rapidly as possible and will be arriving on scene Thursday to conduct a more thorough assessment.
Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents, Puerto Rico Police Joint Force of Rapid Action and Puerto Rico Department of Natural & Environmental Resources marine units are coordinating to determine a plan of action to transfer the vessel passengers from Mona Island, while the Coast Guard is also coordinating with federal and local agencies to assess any environmental impact that may have been caused by the grounding of the vessel.