On January 11, the 110 foot long tug Lumberman went aground off Norway Point, Juneau, Alaska. The tug had been moored in the Gastineau Channel when the tug dragged its anchor before drifting aground. No reports of injuries. The Coast Guard and local authorities monitored the Lumberman and contracted with a private companies to free the tug. The following day the Lumberman was pulled free and towed to a nearby dock. Reports state the Lumberman was a derelict and a disposal plan was under development. There was no fuel or oil on board the Lumberman.
The Lumberman has been a problem before. In May 2019, the tug had broke its anchor lines and went adrift.
On December 9, the 88 foot long fishing vessel Sea Angels ran aground in Browns Inlet, North Carolina. The fishing vessel had suffered mechanical failure and went adrift. The crew sent out a distress call requesting assistance from the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard dispatched a 45-foot response boat along with a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to the scene and hoisted all four crewmen to safety off the Sea Angels. No reports of injuries.
Authorities state the Sea Angels went ashore in an area used by the United States Marine Corps for live-fire training. Since the 1940s, Browns Inlet has been prohibited due to the presence of unexploded ordnance scattered on the seafloor making salvage extremely dangerous.
Reports state the owners of the Sea Angels has hired a contractor to remove fuel off the fishing vessel. Authorities estimate 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel needs to be removed off the Sea Angels.
On January 6, the 33 meter long, 275 gt passenger ferry Ocean Jet 7 ran aground some 1500 meters off Plaridel Port in Misamis Occidental, Philppines. The vessel was en route to Tagbilaran City when it encountered heavy seas and strong winds. The waves drove the Ocean Jet 7 off course and aground on its starboard side of the hull. The Philippine Coast Guard dispatched a rescue vessels to the scene and safely transported 271 passengers and 17 crew to Plaridel Port. No reports of injuries.
A tug was dispatched to help refloat the Ocean Jet 7 and take it under tow back to port. No reports of pollution released.