On April 13, the 30 meter long tugboat Umhlali was struck by the 200 meter long, 21037 dwt car carrier CSCC Asia in Durban harbour, South Africa. The CSCC Asia was departing from Durban with a pilot on board when it veered forward and pinned the berthed Umhlali against the quay. The CSCC Asia sustained no damaged, but the Umhlali sustained damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The CSCC Asia departed the following day for Luanda. No further details reported.
On April 3, the 335 meter long, 101383 dwt container ship CMA CGM Samson ran aground in Cape Town, South Africa. The CGMA CGM Samson had departed from Singapore with over 1,000 containers on board. After stopping at Reunion Island, the vessel proceeded on its voyage to Cape Town. As it entered the harbour in Cape Town and headed towards the container terminal, the bow of the boxship struck the south breakwater. Three tugs were dispatched and were able to refloat the CMA CGM Samson. The tugs escorted the boxship to its berth where it was surveyed for damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the CMA CGM Samson may have run aground due to entering the harbour at low tide.
On February 11, the 12 meter long fishing vessel Alley Cat ran aground at Hobie Beach near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Alley Cat had been fishing mackerel when it went ashore on the rocks. Witnesses reported the vessel to NSRI who dispatched a lifeboat to the scene. The lifebout found all nine crew of the the Alley Cat safe. Reports state the NSRI help remove fuel off the Alley Cat while the crew removed equipment and personal items off the vessel. The Alley Cat was reported to be refloated on the following high tide. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.