The 204 meter long, 6515 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Cruise Olbia allided with the 214 meter long, 4700 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Athara in the port of Olbia, Sardinia, Italy. The Cruise Olbia was being assisted out of the port by tugs when a strong wind gust caused the ferry to strike the port side wing of the bridge of the Athara. Both vessels sustained minor damage and there were no injuries. The Cruise Olbia was able to proceed on its schedule voyage. The Athara made temporary repairs and was able to leave port later that night. Reports state both vessels were inspected by local authorities before leaving port.
On April 5, the 123 meter long, 2403 dwt ro-ro passengers ferry Jian Feng Ling collided with the 185 meter long, 44593 dwt container ship Hong Yang in the Hainan Strait near Haikou, China. The Hong Yang struck the starboard hull of the Jian Feng Ling causing considerable damage. The ferry had damage on both the car and passenger decks with several passengers injured and multiple vehicles damaged. The Hong Yang sustained damage to its bow, but did not have any injuries on board. Reports state the Hong Yang was en route to Qinzhou while the Jian Feng Ling was headed for Haikou.
On March 31, the 53 meter long, 62 dwt high speed catamaran ferry Eldorado struck an unknown object in the Sea of Japan while en route to Ulleundo Island from Dokdo, South Korea. The Eldorado sustained hull damage and water ingress in the engine room. The crew was able to control the flooding with the vessel’s pumps and maintain power. The Eldorado contacted authorities who dispatched a patrol vessel to the scene. The patrol vessel escorted the Eldorado which had to proceed at reduced speed to Ulleungdo Island. No reports of injuries to the 403 passengers and crew on board.