On January 10, the 292 meter long, 176217 dwt bulk carrier JSW Salem ran aground on the Atlantic Ocean near Virginia Beach, Virginia. The JSW Salem had departed from Baltimore and was headed for Inixy, India with 120,000 tons of coal when it ran aground off Cape Henry. The bulk carrier alerted the Coast Guard who dispatched the 45 foot long response boat and a helicopter to the scene. An inspection found the JSW Salem had suffered no damage and no pollution had been released. The vessel was able to refloat itself on the rising tide and proceeded to a nearby anchorage. No reports of injuries. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On August 11, the 56 foot long fishing vessel Pacific Quest ran aground in Monterey Bay near Santa Cruz in the Natural Bridges State Park, California. The vessel had run ashore during the earlier morning hours at low tide. The captain who was the sole person on board abandoned ship and walk up the beach to safety. The captain had alerted the Coast Guard and attempting to arrange a tug to pull the Pacific Quest free.
An inspection found the fishing vessel had sustained too much hull damage and could not be pulled off the beach. The Coast Guard is monitoring the situation as the vessel owners have arranged to remove the fuel off the vessel.
Reports state the Pacific Quest has partially broken up on the beach. The Pacific Quest had some 1200 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the incident. Authorities state some 200 gallons of diesel is known to leak out onto the beach and into the water.
On April 1, the 90 foot long fishing vessel Margaret Rose became disabled in the Atlantic Ocean some 40 miles off Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Margaret Rose had suffered a power blackout after its main engine failed. The crew requested assistance with the Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin responding. The Dolphin arrived on scene and took the Margaret Rose under tow. The two vessels proceeded to Cape May, New Jersey where the Margaret Rose dropped anchor. Reports state there was no injuries to the seven crew on board, damage or pollution released.