The 183 meter long, 37500 dwt tanker Bow Jubail allided with a pier at Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Bow Jubail had a pilot on board and was being escorted by a tug when it struck the jetty against the starboard hull. The hull was breached rupturing the bunker tanks. Some 217 tons of fuel oil spilt out of the Bow Jubail into the harbor. No reports of injuries to the 29 crew on board.
Authorities dispatched harbor vessels and fire boats to the scene to contain the pollution. Booms were placed to help contain some of the oil, but reports state the pollution may impact shorelines. Several reports state wildlife including birds were found to be coated by oil. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On April 25, the 62 meter long, 1563 dwt cargo vessel Lago Icalma allided with the barge Rano Aroi II in Hanga Roa Bay, Easter Island. The Lago Icalma was at anchor when the barge Rano Aroi II arrived on scene to begin lightering operations. The barge struck the against the Lago Icalma breaching the hull and rupturing a fuel tank. Diesel fuel was released into the water. Local authorities arrived on scene and placed booms around the hull, but some pollution washed ashore. Reports state absorbent materials were used to collect most of the diesel fuel from the shoreline. The crew of the Lago Icalma transferred fuel from the damaged tank and was able to seal the breach. No reports of injuries.
On April 13, the 55 foot long towboat Charley Wallace sank on the Ohio River near Cairo, Illinois. Reports state the towboat had over 1000 gallons of diesel fuel on board when it completely sank on the river. Authorities state a sheen can be seen above the wreck. The Coast Guard has dispatched an unit from Paducah to the scene. No reports of injuries. The incident is under investigation.