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.
On March 21, the 85 meter long cargo vessel LCT Marc Jason III capsized and sank off the shore of Malabuyoc, Cebu, Philippines. The LCT Marc Jason III was headed to Bantayan Island from Tampi, Amlan with a cargo of sand. As the vessel was off Malabuyoc, it began to list. The LCT Marc Jason III berthed at Malabuyoc where it continued to list forcing all 17 crew abandoned ship. No reports of injuries.
The following day, the LCT Marc Jason III capsized completely and sank just 50 meters from the shore. No reports of pollution released, but local authorities are concern that pollution may be released if the vessel isn’t salvaged quickly.
The 117 meter long, 6678 dwt tanker Xing Long Zhou 569 caught fire after suffering an explosion off Shandong, China. The crew of the Xing Long Zhou 569 requested assistance as the explosion had disabled the vessel and fire quickly engulfed the vessel.
Multiple rescue vessels along with a helicopter were dispatched to the scene. The helicopter rescued 13 of the 16 crew on board. Three crew were listed as missing and presumed perished in the explosion.
Salvage vessels arrived later and were able to bring the blaze under control. The Xing Long Zhou 569 was taken under tow to Shidao. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.