The 31 meter long tug Pawlina allided with the breakwall at St. Elmo, Malta. The tug was towing the USS Mount Whitney into the port when a large wave push the tug into the breakwall. The tug sustained slight damage. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.
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The 130 meter long, 8049 dwt freighter Fas Provence sank some 80 miles off Delimara Point, Malta. The Fas Provence was being towed by two tugs when it encountered gale force winds. The bad weather forced the freighter to list and taking in water. The freighter listed over until it sank. No cargo or crew was on board at time of the incident. Authorities were alerted and aircraft have flown over the area looking for any potential pollution being released. The Fas Provence rests under 300 meters of water making any salvage unlikely. No details if any fuel oil, diesel or other pollutants were on board the freighter at the time it sank.
The 122 meter long, 8300 dwt freighter Botnia became disabled after problems with its steering gear while off Malta. The Botnia was taken under tow to Valetta. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released.