The 16890 dwt car carrier Hoegh Delhi caught fire in the Mediterranean sea near Tunisia. The fire was extinguished by the crew and the vessel was able to proceed to Valletta, Malta where it berthed. No details to the amount of damage sustained in the fire. No reported injuries. The Hoegh Delhi was en route to Turkey from the United States.
The 292 meter long, 177996 dwt bulk freighter Flash ran aground in the Mediterranean Sea near the Galite Islands, Tunisia. The freighter was en route to Taranto from Baltimore with 126,000 metric tonnes of coal when it struck bottom. The Flash suffered structural damage to multiple ballast tanks along with the engine room. No reports of injuries to the 23 crew on board and no pollution has been released. Salvagers plan to pump out the fuel and lighter some of the coal cargo before attempting to refloat the Flash. Malta authorities are conducting an investigation into the incident.
A fishing vessel overloaded with migrants capsized 20 miles off the coast of Tunisia ‘s Kerkennah Islands. Rescue operations conducted by Tunisian military boats were able to rescue some 570 people of the 800 reported on board. Many of the migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia were seeking asylum and was headed for Lampedusa Island.