On April 20, the 30 meter long tugboat Powhatan sank at its berth in Starrigavan Bay near Sitka, Alaska. The Powhatan initially sank in 15 meters of water, but later the tugboat slid further underwater and now rests in 60 meters of water. No reports of injuries, but some oil pollution was released.
Reports state the vessel had some 325 gallons of lube oil and 12 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the sinking. The Coast Guard and local authorities were alerted and responded to the scene. Booms were placed on the surface to contain the pollution. An underwater camera will be deployed to monitor the vessel for any further release of pollution.
There are no reports if the vessel will be salvaged or not.
On April 20, the 176 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Huckleberry Finn allided with a quay in Trelleborg, Sweden. The ferry had suffered rudder failure just before it struck the quay. No reports of injuries to the passengers and crew on board. The ferry sustained damage to its rudder and was taken out of service for repairs. No reports of pollution released.
The 102 meter long ferry Panagia Parou sank in the Bay of Algeciras at port of Algeciras (Cádiz), Spain. The ferry had sustained damage after strong winds caused the vessel’s mooring ropes to snap. The ferry struck against the pier and suffered a hull breach at the stern. With no crew on board, the flooding continued unabated and the Panagia Parou began to sink.
Port authorities were alerted and attempted to keep the ferry afloat, but the vessel had sunk by the stern with the bow up in the air. Booms were placed around the Panagia Parou as a precautionary measure. A few hours later, the Panagia Parou capsized and sank on its port side.
The Panagia Parou had been docked at the port since March 2013 and later abandoned by its owners. Reports state the owners had failed to pay for repairs and the vessel had been detained. Authorities later emptied the vessel’s tanks and removed all fuel and oil contaminates. No reports of injuries or pollution released.