The 241 meter long , 7324 dwt passenger ship Asuka II caught fire while docked in the port of Yokohama, Japan. The fire broke out on one of the top decks used for storage. The crew were unable to contain the blaze and requested assistance. Local firefighters arrived on scene and were able to extinguish the fire a few hours later.
No reports of injuries or pollution released. No passengers were on board the vessel.
The Asuka II has been berthed in Yokohama since April 1 due to the breakout of the coronavirus. The incident is under investigation.
On January 6, the 33 meter long, 275 gt passenger ferry Ocean Jet 7 ran aground some 1500 meters off Plaridel Port in Misamis Occidental, Philppines. The vessel was en route to Tagbilaran City when it encountered heavy seas and strong winds. The waves drove the Ocean Jet 7 off course and aground on its starboard side of the hull. The Philippine Coast Guard dispatched a rescue vessels to the scene and safely transported 271 passengers and 17 crew to Plaridel Port. No reports of injuries.
A tug was dispatched to help refloat the Ocean Jet 7 and take it under tow back to port. No reports of pollution released.
The 87 meter long, 726 dwt ro-ro passenger ship Proteus ran aground off Skiathos, Greece. The Proteus had departed from Skiathos with 53 passengers and six vehicles bound for Skopelos when it suffered rudder failure. The ferry veered on the rocks of the small islet of Daskalonisi and went aground. The vessel contacted authorities who dispatched a patrol vessel to the scene. Passengers were transferred off the Proteus to the patrol vessel and taken back to Skiathos.
A tug was dispatched and was able to refloat the Proteus the following day. Inspectors surveyed the hull of the ferry and found no damage or pollution released.