The 90 meter long, 4200 dwt cargo vessel Fluvius Tamar sank in the North Sea off the coast of Ramsgate, England. The Fluvius Tamar was en route from Eemshaven, Netherlands with 3,800 tonnes of magnesium oxide bound for Pasajes, Spain. As the vessel passed some 30 miles off the coast, the Fluvius Tamar ran into difficulty. The cargo vessel was in strong northwesterly gale when it began to take on water. The vessel sent out a distress call that it was flooding rapidly and needed assistance.
The 228 meter long, 73334 dwt tanker Maistros collided with the anchored 183 meter long, 50215 dwt tanker Ridgebury Kathrine Z in the North Sea off Belgium. The Maistros was headed to Antwerp when it suffered a power blackout and struck the Ridgebury Kathrine Z. Both vessels sustained damage, but no reports of injuries. Reports state the Maistros dropped anchor nearby.
On August 21, the 138 meter long, 12,649 dwt cargo vessel SE Pacifica and the 169 meter long, 38,850 dwt tanker King Emerald collided in the North Sea at the anchorage off Nieuwpoort, Belgium. Both vessels were anchored when the King Emerald anchor began to drag and the tanker started to drift. The King Emerald continued drifting until it struck into the starboard stern section of the SE Pacifica. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The SE Pacifica sustained significant damage to its superstructure while the bow of King Emerald suffered only minor dents and scrapes. Reports state the SE Pacifica was later taken under tow to Vissingen for repairs while the King Emerald proceeded to Antwerp.