On January 21, the 220 foot long fishing vessel Saputi sustained hull damage while fishing for turbot in the Davis Strait between Canada and Greenland. The trawler had struck ice which cut into the hull causing water ingress. The crew requested assistance with both Danish and Canadian authorities responding. A Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker and an fixed aircraft was dispatched while the Danish Navy directed a vessel to the area. The aircraft arrived first on the following day and was able to drop four dewatering pumps to the Saputi. The Danish warship arrived on scene a short time later delivering additional pumps and technicians. The Saputi proceeded towards Nuuk, Greenland escorted by the Danish warship Knud Rasmussen. No reports of injuries to the 30 crew on board. Reports stated that the catch of turbot on board the Saputi may have been lost resulting in an estimated loss of $1 million dollars (CA).
On February 3, the 116 meter long, 3340 dwt cargo vessel Amur 2516 was struck by ice in the Azov Sea between Dolzhanskaya and Yeysk, Russia. The Amur 2516 was headed to Ambarli, Turkey loaded with a cargo of peas when it struck an ice flow. The ice cut into the vessel’s hull and the cargo vessel suffered water ingress. The pumps on board were unable to keep up with the flooding and the vessel was at risk of foundering. The master of the Amur 2516 turn course and intentionally ran the vessel aground in shallow waters and sandy bottom near Dolzhanskaya. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the vessel remains aground waiting until repairs can be made on the hull. Local authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 226 meter long bulk carrier CWB Marquis ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Beauharnois, Montérégie. The bulk carrier departed from Hamilton loaded with iron ore when it grounded near the locks after striking large block of ice. The CWB Marquis remained aground until later the same day when it was pulled free. The bulker proceeded to Melocheville for further inspection. The CWB Marquis was the first vessel to travel on the St. Lawrence Seaway of the 2015 season.