The 25 meter long catamaran ferry Whaling City Express ran aground just off the pier at Highlands, New Jersey. The ferry with 95 passengers was about to dock at Highlands when it ran aground just 200 yards short of the pier.
The Whaling City Express alerted the Coast Guard of the incident. A rescue crew was dispatched to the scene along with the ferry New Jersey. The Coast Guard supervised the safe transfer of passengers off the Whaling City Express over to the ferry New Jersey. No reports of injuries.
During the transfer of passengers, the Whaling City Express was refloated. Both the New Jersey and Whaling City Express proceeded to berth at Highlands. No reports of damage or pollution released. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 203 meter long 41,553 dwt container ship Ze Hong ran aground in the Bohai Sea at Yinghou, China. The boxship made a navigation error as it maneuvered into the harbor and ran up on a bank just off the breakwater.
The crew were able to refloat the vessel under its own power. Authorities dispatched three tugs which towed the Ze Hong to a nearby berth later the same day. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Authorities launched an investigation into the incident.
On November 9, the 83 meter long, 3171 dwt general cargo vessel Skagern ran aground on the Gota River between Trollhättan and Lilla Edet, Sweden. The Skagern was headed for Kingston upon Hull, England with a cargo of timber when it suffered a technical fault and ran aground. The Skagern sustained a slight list to starboard, but no hull breaches or water ingress.
Authorities were notified and arrived on scene a short time later. Booms were placed around the vessel to contain any pollution. The officers on board the vessel were tested for alcohol which was all returned negative. The exact cause of the grounding was not known, but authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
Divers shall inspect the hull for damage before salvage attempts are started. Reports state the vessel may require to be lighten before it can be pulled free.