The lighter Sheba sank on June 5 on the Pashur River near Bagerhat, Bangladesh. The lighter was carrying 800 tons of clinkers from the cargo vessel Appicpi to a cement factory in Khulna when the vessel suffered structural failure. A crack formed in the hull and the lighter quickly began to flood before it partially sank in the river. The nine crew on board were quickly rescued. No reports of injuries.
The Sheba’s location does not prohibit traffic as it rests outside the navigation channel. No reports if the lighter will be salvaged or scrapped.
On December 14, the lighter MV Labs 1 sank near the outer anchorage of Chittagong, Bangladesh. The MV Labs 1 was carrying a cargo of 1050 tons of cement clinker when it was struck by another vessel. The lighter suffered water ingress and began to sink. The crew alerted the coast guard who dispatched a rescue ship to the scene. All 13 crew of the MV Labs 1 were safely rescued. No reports of injuries.
On August 19, the 11 meter long, 2129 gt lighter Pumi Ratn Nawa 2 sank in high seas on the Gulf of Siam near Si Chang, Chonburi, Thailand. The Pumi Ratn Nawa 2 was loaded with 1087 tons of clinker waiting to be transferred to a bulk carrier bound for Bangladesh. While moored near the anchored bulk carrier, the Pumi Ratn Nawa 2 sustained damage as winds and waves cause the vessel to impact with the bulk carrier. The lighter developed a leak and sank a short time later. Authorities marked the location where the vessel sank and is monitoring the area for pollution. No reports of injuries.