The 97 meter long, 6948 dwt cargo vessel Xin Dong Yuan sank in the Taiwan Strait off Pintang Island, China. The Xing Dong Yuan had collided with another cargo vessel and quickly sank. Authorities were alerted and a search and rescue operation was deployed. Over 20 vessels and aircraft searched for the 14 crew of the Xing Dong Yuan. Four crew were rescued and four bodies were recovered. The name of the second vessel in the collision was not disclosed.
The 51 meter long, 783 gt steam icebreaker Stettin collided with the 188 meter long, 11029 dwt ro-ro cargo vessel Finnsky in Rostock, Germany. The Stettin was proceeding out of the port with 180 passengers when strong currents caused the Stettin to strike the stem of the Finnsky. The Stettin sustained a two meter gash in the hull above the waterline. Three persons sustained minor injuries. Both the Finnsky and Stettin berthed in Rostock after the incident. The water police in Rostock has launched an investigation into the incident.
On August 5, the 43 meter long, 338 gt schooner Empire Sandy collided with the 150 meter long, 16622 dwt bulk carrier Ina in Lock 8 of the Welland Canal near Port Colborne, Ontario. The Empire Sandy had entered the canal after strong winds had diverted it from a scheduled cruise on Lake Erie. While in the Lock 8, the Empire Sandy struck the lock wall before running into the stern of the Ina. The Ina was undamaged and there were no reports of injuries. The Ina proceeded on its voyage while the Empire Sandy was inspected for damage. Reports later state the schooner sustained no damage.