Simushir

Container Ship Simushir Adrift off Canada
Photo: Maritime Forces Pacific

The 134 meter long container ship  Simushir became disabled off Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Canada. The vessel had lost power and had gone adrift.  The Simushir was just 14 kilometers off shore in bad conditions with waves reaching 4 metres in height.

Container Ship Simushir Adrift off Canada
Photo: Maritime Forces Pacific

The crew contacted authorities who dispatched vessels to the scene.  The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Spar and Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfrid Laurier arrived on scene, but were not equipped to tow the Simushir to away from shore.   Another Canadian Coast Guard vessel Gordon Reid arrived a short time later and was equipped to tow the container ship.  The Reid attempted to attached lines to the Simushir, but each time the line snapped.  After the third attempt, the Gordon Reid halted further attempts.  The Simushir had shifted location and was an additional 30 kilometers further away from shore.

The tug Barbara Foss was requested and was reported to be heading to the scene to take the Simushir under tow. Reports state the Simushir was carrying 268 containers with mining equipment from Everett, Washington bound for Russia.  No reports of injuries to the 10 crew on board.

Gulf Rover

Gulf Rover
Photo: shipspotting.com

The 130 meter long general cargo vessel Gulf Rover ran aground on the Volga-Caspian Sea Canal near the 129 kilometer mark. The Gulf Rover was en route to Baku with 4427 tons of steel when it grounded in the fairway. A tug was requested and was able to refloat the vessel the following day. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state the water depth was less than reported in the fairway.

Røsund

Røsund
Photo: an.no

The 80 meter long ro-ro ferry Røsund becamed disabled while berthed at a quay in Skarberget, Norway.  Two lorries were loaded on the vessel and their weight caused the ferry to list to starboard. The sudden list caused the ramp to fall into the water.  One passenger fell overboard into the sea. The crew Røsund were able to get counterweights set and level the vessel again. No reports of damage or pollution released.

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