On January 16, the 75 meter long, 2368 dwt cargo vessel Viet Phu 16 suffered hull damage in the East China Sea near Cu Lao Cham Island, Quang Nam, Vietnam. The Viet Phu 16 was en route from Hai Phong to Chu Lai with 2330 tons of cement when it struck bottom. The vessel sustained bow hull damage and two cargo holds were holed. The crew directed the vessel to shallow waters off Cu Lao Cham Island to avoid sinking.
Authorities dispatched to scene and inspected the hull damage. Divers were later called to conduct repairs to the hull. No reports of injuries to the 10 crew and no pollution released.
On January 9, the 11 meter long fishing vessel Peik ran aground near Slettnes Lighthouse in Finnmark, Norway. The Peik was crab fishing south of Sørøya when ran up on the rocks at Gamvik. A search and rescue operations was launched looking for the two crew on board the Peik. Authorities searching the area found a small amount of debris and recovered one of the deceased crew. The search continued through January 10 with helicopters and lifeboats looking for the missing crewman. Reports state the search was halted a few days later without finding the missing crew.
On January 5, the 24 meter long fuel barge Mekunu ran aground on a reef off Kaafu Atoll, Maldives. The cause of the grounding was not reported, but the vessel sustained minimal damage and no pollution was released. The Mekunu remained aground until January 7 when it was refloated by the Maldives Coast Guard. No reports of injuries.