On January 18, the 16 meter long fishing vessel Ptit Djimy suffered water ingress while berthed at a quay in Port-en-Bassin, France. The local authorities were alerted as the vessel began to sit lower in the water. The local fire brigade responded to the scene with several dewatering pumps. After a few hours, the pumps were able to dewater the Ptit Djimy. No injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state the bilge pump was the source of the water ingress.
The 87 meter long, 3015 dwt cargo vessel Sea Breeze sent out a distress call off the Lizard Peninsula off Falmouth after the vessel began to sink. The Sea Breeze was carrying 2750 tons of limestone bound for Shoreham when it suffered water ingress in the engine room. The vessel’s pumps were unable to control the flooding and the crew requested assistance. The RNLI lifeboats and coastguard helicopters were dispatched to the scene. Additional pumps were delivered, but were unable to stop the flooding. The five crew from the Sea Breeze were transferred off the sinking ship. The salvage tug Vortex from Falmouth and HMS Tyne were reported standing by the Sea Breeze.
The 12072 gt oil rig GSF Arctic 1 suffered water ingress while in Guanabara Bay near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The oil rig suffered water ingress into one of the legs when the crew was performing maintenance. The rig began to list several degrees requiring some of the crew to be evacuated. The crew later returned to the rig after the water was pumped out. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released. An investigation is being conducted into the cause of the incident.