The 65 foot long passenger ship Spirit of Kona ran ashore and later sank near the Kailua-Kona Lighthouse on the island of Hawaii. The vessel broke free as Tropical Storm Darby passed over the island. The Spirit of Kona washed up on the rocks sustaining significant damage before the vessel drifted offshore and sank. No reports of injuries as no one was on board at the time of the incident. Authorities report large chunks of floatsom and diesel fuel along the shore. The passenger ship had some 600 gallons of diesel fuel on board along with hydraulic and lube oils. Reports state the vessel was valued over 1 million dollars (US).
The 68 meter long, 1846 dwt fishing vessel Oriental Kim ran aground on the Seychelles near L’ilot, Glacis. The Oriental Kim was en route to Port Victoria when it ran ashore on the rocky coastline. The bow of the vessel sustained damage and authorities reported that some oil pollution was spotted around the vessel. The Coast Guard has placed booms around the vessel to contain any pollution released. The Oriental Kim had some 250 tons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the incident. No reports of injuries to the 25 crew on board. Reports state divers have been contracted and have already begun repair work so that tugs can later refloat the vessel. The Oriental Kim had some 700 tons of fish in its hold.
The 42 meter long landing craft Mahalia capsized off Erromango Island, Vanuatu. The Mahalia was en route to Tanna when it lost stability when the cargo shifted. All 13 crew on board were able to abandon ship into the vessel’s liferaft, before the vessel capsized and later sank. Authorities received a distress beacon and asked a nearby container ship Forum Pacific to aid in the search and rescue efforts. The Forum Pacific arrived on scene and rescued the crew. No reports of injuries.