On February 23, the 35 meter long fishing vessel CalypsoZ84 became disabled in the Celtic Sea off Trevose Head, Cornwall, United Kingdom. The Calypso had suffered a broken gear box and gone adrift in heavy seas. The crew requested assistance with nearby fishing vessels and the RNLI lifeboat from Padstow responding. The fishing vessel Soetkin was able to pass a line to the Calypso and begun a tow to Milford Haven. No reports of injuries.
The tow was later to be transferred to the 34 meter long tug Svitzer Caldey when the tug collided with the fishing vessel. Another tug took over and towed the Calypso to Pembroke. An inspection found the Calypso had sustained damage up to the centreline. Reports state the Calypso was taken to a ship yard for repairs. No details to any damage to the Svitzer Caldey.
The 75 meter long, 2386 dwt cargo vessel Islay Trader ran aground near Margate Harbour, Kent, England. The Islay Trader loaded with a cargo of broken glass had dragged its anchor during the early morning hours. The cargo vessel drifted ashore ended up just 30 meters off the shoreline. No reports of injuries to the 6 crew on board.
Authorities were alerted who arrived on scene a short time later. An inspection found the vessel’s hull was undamaged and no fuel was released. The owners of the Islay Trader coordinated with the Dover Coastguard to salvage the vessel. A tug arrived on scene and was able to refloat the Islay Trader on the rising tide. The Islay Trader proceeded on its voyage to Antwerp.