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.
The 131 meter long, 5288 dwt tanker Eastern Glory allided with the Barelang II Bridge in Batam City, Riau Islands, Indonesia. The Eastern Glory had been at anchor off Barelang Root Island when a tug arrived on scene. The tug took the Eastern Glory under tow to re position the tanker so that other vessels could anchor nearby. The tug struggled to keep the Eastern Glory under control. Strong currents and wind gusts pushed the tanker overwhelming the tug. The tug was forced to drop the towline and the Eastern Glory drifted away until it struck the bridge breaking its main mast. No reports of injuries.
The Eastern Glory remained wedged against the bridge for several hours until several tugs arrived and were able to pull the the tanker free. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. No reports of pollution released.
On January 21, the 124 meter long, 12480 dwt tanker Oriental Nadeshiko ran aground on the Elbe River near Cuxhaven, Germany. The Oriental Nadeshiko had some 9,000 metric tons of dangerous or toxic chemicals on board when the tanker suffered a technical fault. Unable to steer the Oriental Nadeshiko veered off the fairway and ran aground on a sandbank.
Authorities were alerted and dispatched a team to the site. A survey found the Oriental Nadeshiko had sustained no damage and no pollution had been released. Five tugs were dispatched and were able to refloat the Oriental Nadeshiko later the same day. No reports of injuries.