On January 6, a vessel ran aground off the coast of Umm Al Quwain, United Arab Emirates. The vessel was blown ashore by high winds and strong waves. Local authorities report that all 10 crew on board the vessel was safely rescued and there were no injuries. Reports state the area around the vessel was secured and oil pollution containment was in place. The name of the vessel was not reported.
The diesel transport vessel Sunshine went aground on the shore at Umm Al Quwain, United Arab Emirates. The vessel was transporting 160 tons of fuel when it suffered engine failure before going ashore. No reports of injuries. Some pollution was reported as some of the Sunshine’s fuel was released into the water. A tug attempted to pull the Sunshine free, but the tug became stuck in the nearby shallow water. Authorities have ordered the owners to remove the vessel in three days. Reports state the authorities and coast guard was on the scene monitoring the scene. Nearby residents were told to close their air vents to prevent the fumes from entering their home.
- Ship that ran aground off Umm Al Quwain being emptied (gulfnews.com)
The 43 meter long supply vessel White Whale sank off the coast Umm Al-Quwain, United Arab Emirates. The vessel was overloaded with materials for other vessels and oil rigs in the area when it began to sink. A nearby fisherman spotted the White Whale and contacted authorities. Coast Guard and Police rescue craft reached the scene and rescued all nine crewmen on board. No reports of injuries. The vessel had been cited before for overloading and the crew were arrested. The White Whale rests in 30 meters of water with some 450 tons of diesel on board. Authorities have sent divers and are monitoring the wreck for any leakage.