Mons

Mons

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The 25 meter long tugboat Mons ran aground off the island of Airisto near Turku, Finland. The Mons had suffered rudder failure when it drifted aground. No reports of injuries to the three crew on board. Authorities arrived on scene and found there was some oil pollution around the tugboat. Booms were placed around the vessel and most of the pollution was hydraulic oil and was recovered by absorbent pads. Divers inspected the hull and found it remained intact.  The Mons was later refloated and was able to proceeded to Turku under its own power.

 

Alfa

Alfa

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On August 20, the 90 meter long, 4156 dwt cargo vessel Alfa became disabled off Yeosu, South Korea. The Alfa was en route to China from Nakhodka with a cargo of timber when it encountered heavy seas in the Korea Strait. The timber cargo on board the Alfa shifted causing the cargo vessel to develop a heavy list of 45 degrees. With the vessel in danger of capsizing, the crew requested assistance. The South Korean Coast Guard responded and was able to safely evacuate all 15 crew on board. No reports of injuries.

Alfa

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The abandoned Alfa drifted with the heavy seas before it ran aground between Jeju and Tsushima Island. Reports state part of the timber cargo has fallen overboard posing a potential hazard to vessels in the area.

Jens Albrecht

Jens Albrecht

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On August 19, the 33 meter long, 148 gt passenger ship Jens Albrecht ran aground just outside the port of Horumersiel, Germany. The vessel requested assistance with the DGzRS lifeboat responding. The lifeboat was unable to pull the Jens Albrecht free due to the receding tide, but was able to re-float the passenger ship on the following high tide. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.

Caribbean Fantasy

Caribbean Fantasy

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On August 17, the passenger ferry Caribbean Fantasy caught fire near San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Caribbean Fantasy was en route to San Juan from the Dominican Republic with 511 passengers and crew when a fire broke out in the vessel’s engine room and spread into other sections of the vessel. The passengers and crew evacuated the vessel using emergency slides and rescued by the Coast Guard, tugs and local authorities. Some 24 passengers suffered only minor injuries during the evacuation and were later taken to hospital.  The disabled Caribbean Fantasy went adrift and eventually ran aground off Punta Salinas.

Caribbean Fantasy

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Firefighting and salvage teams boarded the vessel the following day while authorities placed booms around the hull to contain any pollution. Divers inspected the hull and found the grounding caused no damage to the hull. On August 20, tugs were able to reestablish towlines and refloated the Caribbean Fantasy and towed the ferry into San Juan. Fire fighters were able to enter the engine room and extinguish the remaining part of the fire.

Reports state the Caribbean Fantasy had been cited for 107 deficiencies by Coast Guard inspectors in recent years. One report from 2014, cited the vessel needed additional protection from fuel oil leaking onto hot surfaces.

Insula Oya 2

Insula Oya 2

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The 50 meter long passenger ro-ro ferry Insula Oya 2 ran aground in the Fromentine Channel off Vendée, France. The Insula Oya 2 was enroute from Fromentine to Yeu when it stranded on a sandbar. The vessel remained “high-and-dry” as the ferry was left on the bar in the receding tide. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The SNSM lifeboat from Fromentine arrived on scene and transferred the two passengers from the Insula Oya 2 back to shore. During the next high tide, multiple SNSM lifeboats were able to refloat the Insula Oya 2.