On February 7, the 40 meter long, 229 dwt coastal tanker Salim N1 ran aground near Famagusta, Cyprus. The Salim N1 had been anchored offshore when a storm struck the area. Strong winds caused the Salim N1’s anchor to drag until the tanker went ashore on the beach. The two crew on board made it safely ashore assisted by the Turkish Coast Guard. No reports of injuries.
Authorities surveyed the Salim N1 and found the tanker had sustained some damage, but no pollution had been released. The tanker’s rudder had broken during the grounding. A tug was order to standby to pull the Salim N1 off the beach when weather conditions improved.
In 2017, the Salim N1 had broken down while en route to Turkey from Malta and has been anchored off Cyprus. Built in 1952, reports state the Salim N1 may never go back into active service.
On February 3, the 64 foot long tugboat Fishhawk went aground in the Sinclair Inlet near Port Orchard, Washington. The Fishhawk had been berthed at a nearby marina when 40 knot winds and 3 foot waves broke its mooring lines. Winds blew the vessel along the shoreline until it grounded on a sandbank. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Fishhawk’s owners have stated the vessel would be refloated on the next high tide.
The 96 meter long, 5838 dwt cargo vessel Lucky Star 8 went aground in the Sea of Japan near Olga Bay, Russia. Reports state there were no injuries among the 14 crew on board. Salvage attempts will be made when conditions improve aided by a nearby tug. No reports of pollution released.