On July 4, the 149 meter long bulk carrier Raba ran aground near the entrance to the harbour at Liepaja, Latvia. The Raba had departed from Liepaja when it veered out the channel and ran aground near the southern breakwater. The crew were unable to refloat the vessel and requested assistance. Tugs were dispatched and attempted to refloat the vessel the next day, but the bulk carrier was stuck. Authorities determined the Raba had to be lightered before any further attempts were made. The bulk carrier Crown Mary arrived on the scene on July 6. Part of the Raba cargo was transferred to the Crown Mary which allow tugs to pull the Raba free. The Raba proceeded to a nearby anchorage where it could be inspected for damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 125 meter long, 8000 dwt tanker Zircone caught fire in the Gulf of Riga near Riga, Latvia. The Zircone had departed from Riga with 7,000 tons of diesel fuel on board when a fire broke out in the vessel’s engine room. The fire grew in intensity and quickly disabled the vessel. Latvian authorities dispatched a helicopter along with several patrol boats to the scene. They found the tanker adrift with the crew on board fighting the fire. The crew eventually was able to bring the fire under control a few hours later. No reports of injuries to the 17 crew on board.
A tug later towed the Zircone back to Riga. The tanker moored at the Riga Shipyard where it will undergo repairs. No reports of pollution released.
On October 2, the 225 meter long, 75603 dwt bulk carrier Nordic Odyssey ran aground off Liepaja, Latvia. The Nordic Odyssey had departed from Liepaja with a partial cargo of grain when it grounded just outside the harbor. The next day the bulk carrier was refloated and proceeded to a nearby anchorage to be inspected for damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.