On June 23, the 28 meter long tugboat Yarkii ran aground on the Volgo-Balt Canal near Krokhino, Russia. The Yarkii was towing the tanker-barge Baltika-3 when strong winds blew the tug off course and ran aground. The Yarkii sustained damaged and was holed on the port hull. No reports of injuries. Reports state authorities dispatched a vessel to the scene.
The 32 meter long, 366 gt tug Signet Enterprise sank near Port Aransas, Texas. The tug had suffered water ingress during Hurricane Harvey and partially sank. The vessel requested assistance with the Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi responding. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew was dispatched to the scene. The helicopter team arrived and help rescue all four crew off the Signet Enterprise. No reports of injuries. No further reports of the extent of damage or if any pollution was released.
The 210 meter long, 35239 dwt container ship Mercosul Santos collided with a tug on the Amazon River near Obidios, Brasil. The Mercosul Santos was headed towards Manaus when it struck a tug that was pushing nine barges. One barge was cut in two and sank to the river bottom. Another barge was crushed and remain stuck on the bulbous bow of the Mercosul Santos.
Nine of the 11 crew who were on board the barges and tug were reported as missing and feared dead. Authorities requested divers from Santarem to search for the missing crew.
Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.