On July 19, the 158 meter long, 16000 dwt tanker Nordic Wolverine ran aground in the Caribbean Sea off Barranquilla, Columbia. The tanker departed from Cartagena loaded with chemicals and arrived off the entrance to the Magdalena River when it ran aground off the breakwater. Tugs were dispatched but were unable to free the Nordic Wolverine. The tanker had gone aground on rocky bottom and authorities requested a special tug to pull it free.
The tanker remained aground six days until the tug arrived and were finally able to free the Nordic Wolverine. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
On June 18, the 98 meter long tanker Yu Shun 88 loaded with a cargo of bitumen caught fire off Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. Reports state the blaze started in the tanker’s engine room and threaten to spread through the vessel. The crew was able to enable the fire suppression system and contain the fire. The Yu Shun 88 sent out a distress call with authorities arriving a short time later. All 14 crew on board the Yu Shun 88 were evacuated safely.
The following day, rescuers found the fire had sufficiently cooled down and the tanker was in no risk. The Yu Shun 88 was taken under tow to a nearby anchorage in Wenzhou Bay. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state there was significant damage to the engine room including the main engine.
On May 20, the 140 meter long, 6613 dwt tanker Aleksandr Shemagin allided on the Volga River near Balakovo, Russia. The Aleksandr Shemagin was en route to Syzran from Rostov-on-Don when it struck an embankment along the river. Reports state the tanker and embankment sustained slight damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.