The pilot boat Taybird from Dundee, Scotland caught fire while escorting a vessel up the River Tay. The pilot boat was assisting the 118 meter long tanker Pandion when a fire broke out in the pilot boat’s engine room. The 2 men on board the Taybird requested assistance as the fire disabled the vessel’s engine. The Broughty Ferry RNLI responded sending two lifeboats to the scene. The lifeboats were able to evacuate the 2 men from the pilot boat and extinguish the fire. The Taybird was taken under tow and escorted back to Dundee. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 75 foot pilot vessel Sabine Pilot II went aground near Sabine Jetties, Texas. The vessel struck the rocks near the jetties, but no reports of damage. Two of the three crew on board suffered minor injuries. The Coast Guard dispatched a fast-response vessel to the scene. A barge arrived a short time later to begin salvage operations. No reports of any pollution released.
The 301 meter long, 78200 dwt container vessel Ever Strong collided with the 25 meter long pilot boat Duhnen on the Elbe Estuary off Cuxhaven, Germany. The Duhnen was attempting to transfer the pilot to the Ever Strong in severe weather with 4 meter waves and wind gusts up to 88 km/hour. The pilot vessel suffered damage to its bow and significant water ingress. The pilot was able to board the Ever Strong while the crew contacted the DGzRS for assistance. The DGzRS dispatched a lifeboat with pumps to the scene. The lifeboat was able to keep the Duhnen afloat and escort it to Cuxhaven where local firefighters had pumps waiting. None of the four crewmen on board the Duhnen were injured. The Ever Strong suffered no damage and continued on to Hamburg. No reports of pollution being released.