The 208 meter long, 4915 dwt passenger cruise ship Zenith caught fire near Venice, Italy. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room while the cruise ship was en route to Venice from Ravenna with 1672 passengers on board. The crew was able to extinguish the blaze, but the fire had damaged the main engine disabling the ship. The Zenith dropped anchor until it could be towed to Venice. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the repairs to the engine would be completed by the following day.
The 225 meter long, 76957 dwt freighter Rondeau went aground on the Mississippi River near Venice, Louisiana. The vessel was on its way to the Gulf of Mexico when it grounded. A tug was requested and refloated the Rondeau. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released. The Coast Guard reports the grounding was due to the insufficent dredging in the area.
The 4923 dwt freighter Haci Emine Ana loaded with a cargo of wheat went aground in Venice near the mouth of the Malamocco Inlet. The Haci Emine Ana bow struck the site where the floodgate system is currently under construction. There was no damage to the freighter and initial reports state there was slight damage to the building site. A tug and Coast Guard vessel escorted the Haci Emine Ana to harbour. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the incident.