A freighter caught fire off the coast of Sharjah, UAE. The fire quickly engulfed the freighter with the crew being rescued by the coast guard. Reports state some crew members suffered burns and were taken to hospital for treatment. The vessel remained ablaze until it was gutted and sank. No further details reported.
The 78 meter long, 3099 dwt freighter Sea Blue went aground off Sharjah, UAE. The Sea Blue had departed from Dubai in bad weather bound for several ports along the East Africa. The vessel only traveled a short distance when it had suffered engine failure. Pushed by wind and waves, the Sea Blue quickly went ashore. No reports of injuries to the 11 crew on board. Conflicting reports state the vessel may be dismantled on site or will be later refloated.
The 81-meter long, 2822 dwt freighter Lady Rana went ashore on the coast in Sharjah, UAE. The vessel was moored off shore when heavy swells of 3 to 4 meter waves and winds of 54kph pounded the vessel until it lost it’s anchor lines. All the crew onboard were able to save themselves by using a rope ladder as the vessel was close to the shoreline. The Lady Rana now rests just 300 feet from the freighter Sea Mermid which went ashore earilier this month (see photo). Salvage will be difficult as the Lady Rana went over several rocks resulting with many holes in the hull.