The 24 meter long fishing vessel Guita U became disabled in the port of Tarragona, Spain. The fishing vessel had lost maneuverability just off the pier in the port and was in danger of colliding with another vessel. The crew contacted the Salvamento Maritimo who dispatched a rescue boat to the scene. The rescue boat pulled along side the Guita U and help direct it to the pier. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
On April 19, the 119 meter long, 7124 dwt tanker Usichem caught fire in the Mediterranean Sea near Rhodes, Greece. The Usichem was headed to Sudan from Turkey with 5900 tonnes of sunflower oil when a fire broke out in the engine room. The vessel’s crew quickly responded and were able to extinguish the blaze. However, the fire had damaged the engine and the tanker went adrift.
The Usichem contacted the Greek Coast Guard who dispatched a helicopter, lifeboat and patrol vessel to the scene. Rescuers stood by and monitored the situation as a tug was requested to take the tanker under tow. The following day, a tug arrived and proceeded to take the Usichem under tow. Both vessels arrived in Rhodes a few hours later. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On April 11, the 23 meter long fishing vessel De Cocksdorp became disabled in the Eierlandse Gat between Texel and Vlieland, Netherlands. The Shrimper could not recover its gear and requested assistance. The KNRM lifeboat from De Cocksdorp was dispatched to the scene. The lifeboat was able to assist the crew in recovering its gear allowing the Gerittje WR 181 to proceed back to Harlingen. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.