The 18 meter long catamaranpassenger ship Dream Weaver suffered water ingress while in the Tiri Channel near Whangaparaoa, New Zealand. The vessel was on a dolphin-watching cruise with four crew and 36 passengers. The vessel requested assistance with three Coast Guard boats and a yacht responding. The rescue boats were able to safely transfer the passengers off the Dream Weaver and return them to shore. The Dream Weaver was then assisted back to port. No reports of injuries. While in port, the Dream Weaver suffered an electrical fire. The fire started in the engine room and was quickly extinguished by the crew. Maritime New Zealand has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 65 meter long fishing vessel Amaltal Columbia caught fire near Lyttelton Heads, New Zealand. The fire started in the stern section of the cargo hold and spread to other parts of the vessel. The crew was unable to contain the blaze and sent out a distress call. The fishing vessel Ivan Golubets was first to respond and reach the Amaltal Columbia. The small fishing vessel initially evacuated all the crew except five who remained on board. A short time later the five men had to be pulled off as the Amaltal Columbia was engulf in flames. The men were picked up by the fishing vessel San Discovery. Afterwards, the Amaltal was taken under tow to Lyttelton. There the local fire brigade fought the blaze and several hours later got the fire under control. No reports of injuries. Local authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Investigators will go on board as soon as the vessel deem safe.
The 24 meter long fishing vessel Torea went aground in Foveaux Strait near Ruapuke Island, New Zealand. The fishing vessel was carrying 23 passengers when it struck a rock off Green Island holing the hull and allowing water ingress. The master of the vessel steered the Torea into the shallows at Ruapuke Island. The vessel contacted the Coast Guard requesting assistance. Two Coast Guard vessels, three helicopters and five fishing vessels responded to the call. The passengers were transferred to the Coast Guard vessel along with a local pilot boat and taken back to Bluff, New Zealand. No reports of injuries. Maritime New Zealand has launched an investigation into the incident.