On February 5, the 128 meter long, 12999 dwt chemical tanker Global Uranus ran aground off Bitung, Indonesia. The fully loaded Global Uranus was en route to Indonesia from China when ran aground off shore.
Reports state the vessel still remained aground over one week before it was finally refloated on February 16. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Details of the cause of the incident or damage to the Global Uranus were not reported.
On February 16, the 30 meter long tugboat Samson Mariner and 322 foot long barge Saint Elias off Gravina Island on Rosa Reef near Ketchikan, Alaska. The vessels were proceeding to Valdez via the Inside Passage in calm seas when the vessels ran aground on the northeast end of Gravina Island. The Samson Mariner sustained hull damage with a 2 inch gash in the hull rupturing the port fuel tank. Some 1,100 gallons of diesel fuel was released into the water before the crew was able to plug the leak. Authorities were alerted and arrived on scene placing a containment boom around the tug. The Samson Mariner and the Saint Elias were later refloated and towed to Ward Cove.
Reports state there were no injuries and no damage to the Saint Elias which had some 40,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the incident. The Coast Guard and Alaskan authorities continued to monitor the situation while contractors attempt to recover the released fuel using booms and absorbent pads. The cause of the grounding was not reported. The Saint Elias had run aground before in 2011 off the San Juan Islands, Washington.
On Feburary 13, the fishing vessel Predator ran hard aground near Akutan, Alaska. The fishing vessel had ran aground in 10 foot seas and 25 mph winds just off the shore. The hull struck the seabed hard resulting in an 8 inch crack in the hull allowing water ingress into the vessel. The three crew on board attempted to control the water ingress with the vessel’s pumps, but the flooding was too much for the pumps to handle.
The crew then requested assistance with a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter dispatched to the scene. The helicopter arrived a short time later and hoisted off all three crewman to safety. No reports of injuries.
The Coast Guard stated they will monitor the Predator for any potential release of pollution. Additional reports state that salvage may not be possible due to the extent of hull damage already sustained to the fishing vessel.