The 9 meter long towboat Miss Odessa with six barges ran aground on the Atchafalaya River near Berwick Louisiana. The Miss Odessa was travelling south with six barges loaded with rock when it struck bottom turning at the entrance of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. While refloating itself, the Miss Odessa put too much strain on one of the barges, ACL 01700, causing the hopper barge to break-in-two and sink.
The Miss Odessa alerted the Coast Guard who dispatched a marine inspection team to the scene. The Coast Guard arrived on scene and found the Miss Odessa and the remaining five barges had no damage. A towing company was hired to help salvage the sunken barge. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 70 foot long fishing vessel Edna May collided with the 184 meter long, 37456 dwt tanker Iver Prosperity 25 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The tanker was heading for Providence loaded with a cargo of petroleum when it struck the Edna May. The Edna May sustained minor cosmetic damage while the tanker showed hull damage along the starboard section. The Coast Guard was alerted to the incident and dispatched the Coast Guard cutter Coho to the scene. The Coho escorted the Edna May back to port in Tiverton. The Iver Prosperity proceed to Providence where it will be surveyed for damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released on either vessel. The Coast Guard has 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.