On February 7, the 145 meter long, 10500 dwt cargo vessel Thorco Crown became disabled off Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. The Thorco Crown was en route to Montreal when a fire broke out in the vessel’s engine room. The crew was able extinguish the blaze, but the fire damaged the main engine disabling the cargo vessel.
The crew requested assistance and the owners contacted Svitzer Salvage. A tug was dispatched from Port Hawkesbury which arrived on scene the following day. Attempts to attach a towline failed due to weather and rough seas. The Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir William Alexander was also on scene and monitoring the situation.
Reports state the vessel still adrift and being blown towards shore near Cape Ray. No reports of injuries to the 13 crew or pollution released.
The 200 meter long, 21081 dwt car carrier Alliance St. Louis caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico near Southwest Pass, Louisiana. The fire started in the engine room by an electrical short and was quickly extinguished by the crew. While there were no injuries, the fire damaged the engine and the car carrier went adrift. The crew alerted the Coast Guard who dispatched the cutter Brant to the scene. Reports state a tug was also dispatched to take the Alliance St. Louis under tow back to port. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On January 7, the 34 meter long fishing vessel Vesturland VN 307 caught fire 80 miles off the Faroes Islands. The crew was unable to contain the blaze and requested assistance. A helicopter was dispatched and hoisted all 10 crew to safety.
Two patrol boats arrived on scene and attempted to extinguish the blaze, but weather conditions prevented any action being taken. Not until several hours later when conditions improved did it allow fire fighting to begin. By the following morning, both vessels were able to bring the blaze under control including the use of foam.
The Vesturland superstructure sustained significant damage, but the fishing vessel remained afloat. A patrol boat took the Vesturland under tow back to port. No reports of injuries.