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.
On January 27, the small 40 meter long, 140 dwt ro-ro cargo vessel Moana Nui ran aground off Nassau, Cook Islands. The Moana Nui was preparing to load a cargo of coconuts from Nassau in heavy weather. As the crew attempted to pick up last shipment bound for Rarotong, the vessel was blown up onto to a reef. The vessel sustained severe damage to its hull and rudder. No reports of injuries to crew or passengers.
Reports state there will be no attempt to refloat the vessel. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. The Moana Nui was built in 1967 and previously sailed in Norway under the name Sørøy before arriving in the Cook Islands in October 2016.
The 115 meter long, 3159 dwt cargo vessel Bereket sank in the Marmara Sea near Istanbul, Turkey. The Bereket was laid up for winter at the Ahirkapi Anchorage when it sustained a leak near the engine room and water ingress. With no one on board at the time, the flooding continued until the vessel sank by the stern.
Local authorities were alerted and dispatched a team to monitor the situation. An oil sheen was spotted around the hull and pollution control efforts were started. An investigation has been started into the incident. Reports state the vessel had been unmanned and received no maintenance for several months.