The 270 meter long, 53540 dwt container ship MSC Kyoto went aground in the Mobile Ship Channel near Mobile, Alabama. The MSC Kyoto had suffered steering failure and went out of the channel fairway between buoys 36 and 38. The boxship was refloated later the same day on the rising tide with the assistance of two tugs. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The MSC Kyoto was en route from Tampa to Mobile.
The fishing vessel Longshot sank in the Gulf of Mexico off Mobile, Alabama. The fishing vessel suffered water ingress in rough seas and requested assistance. The Coast Guard responded and dispatched a helicopter to the scene. The helicopter delivered a dewatering pump to the Longshot, but the additional pump was unable to control the flooding. The five crew on the Longshot decided to abandon ship and were hoisted to safety. The crew were taken to an offshore drilling unit before taken ashore the following day. No reports of injuries.
Two gas fuel barges exploded next to the berthed cruise shipCarnival Triumph at Mobile, Alabama. The barges were being cleaned when a spark ignited the explosions. Three crew on the barges suffered burns and were taken to hospital for treatment. Over 1,000 crew on board the Carnival Triumph were also evacuated. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.