On February 2, the 190 meter long bulk carrier Alam Manis ran aground on Cargados Carajos Shoals off the northeast end of Mauritius. The bulk carrier was headed to Pipava from Richards Bay when it ran aground. Reports state that a salvage company has been contracted to refloat the bulk carrier. No further details reported.
The fishing vessel Jin Gwo Dee Haw No. 1 caught fire while berthed in the harbour of Port Louis, Mauritius. The fire started during the early morning hours and quickly grew to engulf the vessel’s superstructure. No reports of injuries, but authorities had the fishing vessel towed out of the harbour. The National Coast Guard did not report the cause of the fire. An investigation has been launched by local authorities.
On August 1, the 182 meter long, 44,183 dwt bulk carrier Benita sank off Mauritius while being towed to India to be scrapped. The Benita had run aground on June 17 when a brawl broke out amongst the crew and the vessel ran onto the rocky shore of Mauritius. Salvagers were able to debunker and refloat the Benita, but it was found the vessel was too damaged and was to be demolished. Reports stated the Benita developed a list while under tow and sank by the stern. No reports of injuries. The Benita now rests at a depth of 4,400 meters.