The 767 foot long, 25345 dwt self-unloading bulk carrier Kaye E. Barker became stranded in ice on Lake Superior near Picnic Rocks. The bulk carrier was en route to the ore dock in Marquette when it became stuck in thick ice. The vessel requested assistance with the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw arriving the following day and broke up the ice around the Kaye E. Barker allowing the vessel to continue on its voyage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state strong winds earlier in the week had compressed the ice field.
On April 15, the 75 meter long bulk carrier Royal 09 allided with a bridge on the Đồng Nai River in Bien Hoa City, Vietnam. The Royal 09 had been at anchor when a technical fault cause the vessel to break free from its anchor. Being pushed by the rising tide and strong winds, the Royal 09 drifted upstream and struck the Đồng Nai Bridge. The bulk carrier became wedged against the bridge until three tugs were able to pull the vessel free. The Đồng Nai Bridge sustained only minor damage and traffic resumed a short time later. No reports of injuries to the 9 crew on board. No further details reported.
The 225 meter long, 74269 dwt bulk carrier Vitaspirit allided with the shoreline on the Bosphorus under the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge near Istanbul, Turkey. The Vitaspirit had become disabled after its rudder became stuck. Unable to steer, the bulk carrier ran against the shoreline striking the 18th century Hekimbaşı Salih Efendi mansion. The mansion was nearly destroyed, but there were no reports of injuries or pollution released from the Vitaspirit.
Traffic was halted on the Bosphorus until the Vitaspirit could be towed away. Reports state there was a pilot on board and the vessel had suffered a mechanical malfunction with the rudder.