On September 17, the 190 meter long, 57269 dwt bulk carrier Pan Crocus ran aground in the Persian Gulf off Mesaieed, Qatar. The tanker was approaching the port when it ran aground. The vessel requested assistance with four tugs responding. No reports of injuries. No further details reported.
On July 5, the oil rig Rumailah keeled over in the Al Shaheen field off the coast of Qatar. The Rumailah had one of its jack-up legs collapse, but did not sink. The crew on board were able to escape safely and no damage was reported to the oil field facilities. The Rumailah was taken to a nearby shipyard for repairs.
The 31 meter long tugboat Al Deebel suffered an explosion and fire while off Qatar. The tug was doing maintenance on a buoy that allowed liquid natural gas to be pumped into tankers when the buoy exploded. Seven people on the Al Deebel were killed in the explosion with another four injured. Only one crewman escaped unharmed. The tug caught fire, but was able to be extinguished. The tug was taken under tow back to Qatar where it will be inspected. Authorities and the owners of the tug are conducting an investigation into the incident.