On January 21, the 77 meter long 3129 dwt fishing vessel Enigma Astralis caught fire in the Okhotsk Sea near Magadan, Russia. A fire started from an explosion in the engine room resulting in dense smoke spreading through out the vessel. Unable to contain the toxic fumes, the 47 crew members on the Enigma Astralis requested assistance and abandoned ship. A nearby trawler came to the rescue and safely transferred all the crew. No reports of injuries.
The fire on board the Enigma Astralis appeared to be extinguish when flames reappeared again on the vessel. Authorities had dispatched the rescue tugboat Sibirsky to assist. The Sibirsky arrived on scene and was able to completely extinguish the blaze. The Enigma Astralis had sustained serious fire damage, but was still afloat. The Sibirsky took the fishing vessel under tow and proceeded to the nearest port. Reports state authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On January 9, the 62 foot long tugboat Gulf Man sank 6 miles northeast of Andros Island, Bahamas. The Gulf Man with a barge under tow departed from Miami bound for the Bahamas when it sprung a leak. With the crew unable to control the flooding, the vessel began to sink. The Coast Guard received an alert from the Gulf Man‘s emergency position tracking radio beacon (EPIRB) and launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to the scene. The helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted all three crew off the sinking tug. No reports of injuries. The helicopter flew the crew to Nassau, Bahamas. No further details reported.
On January 11, the 110 foot long tug Lumberman went aground off Norway Point, Juneau, Alaska. The tug had been moored in the Gastineau Channel when the tug dragged its anchor before drifting aground. No reports of injuries. The Coast Guard and local authorities monitored the Lumberman and contracted with a private companies to free the tug. The following day the Lumberman was pulled free and towed to a nearby dock. Reports state the Lumberman was a derelict and a disposal plan was under development. There was no fuel or oil on board the Lumberman.
The Lumberman has been a problem before. In May 2019, the tug had broke its anchor lines and went adrift.