The 131 meter long cargo vessel Wardeh ran aground in the Mediterranean Sea near Mersin, Turkey. The Wardeh had been at anchor with just two watchmen on board when it was struck by a severe storm. The vessel’s anchors failed to hold and the Wardeh was driven aground just 500 meters off the shoreline. Strong winds and large waves broke over her decks allowing water ingress. With no power and the lower decks flooded, the Wardeh developed a heavy list to starboard. Authorities were alerted, but were unable to take any actions until conditions improved.
On the following morning, the Coast Guard helicopter to the scene and hoisted both watchmen to safety. Both were taken to hospital, but no reports of injuries.
Reports state the Wardeh had not been in operation for almost a year and had several prior deficiencies when inspected in 2016 and 2017. Divers are expected to inspect the hull for damages and authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 26 meter long, 139 gt trimaran fishing vessel L’Horitzó caught fire in the Mediterranean Sea near the entrance to the Ebro River, Spain. Reports state the fire started in the vessel’s engine room. The 6 crew on board requested assistance with several nearby vessels responding. Authorities dispatched a helicopter to the scene to assist. Reports state the fire was brought under control, but the L’Horitzó was disabled. The Fishing vessel Titaro II took the L’Horitzó under tow back to port. No reports of injuries.
On April 23, the 77 meter long, 1426 dwt cargo vessel Nabil J ran aground just outside the port of Saida, Sidon, Lebanon. The Nabil J had arrived from Iskenderun and had dropped anchor at the anchorage off Sidon on April 11. The vessel remained moored until April 23 when the anchor chain snapped. Pushed by strong winds, the Nabil J was blown ashore. The cargo vessel landed parallel a few meters off the rocky breakwater at Sidon. Reports state the vessel had been pounded by the surf, but no reports of injuries.
Reports state authorities have requested tugs to help pull the Nabil J off the beach. There is some concern that the cargo vessel will suffer hull damage and release fuel oil into the water damaging the nearby fisheries and beaches.