On February 11, the 12 meter long fishing vessel Alley Cat ran aground at Hobie Beach near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Alley Cat had been fishing mackerel when it went ashore on the rocks. Witnesses reported the vessel to NSRI who dispatched a lifeboat to the scene. The lifebout found all nine crew of the the Alley Cat safe. Reports state the NSRI help remove fuel off the Alley Cat while the crew removed equipment and personal items off the vessel. The Alley Cat was reported to be refloated on the following high tide. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On February 20, the 48 meter long self-propelled barge Concordia sprung a leak while in a lock on the Rhine near Heveadorp, Netherlands. Loaded with 300 tons of sand and 125 tons of gravel, the Concordia suffered water ingress from a crack in the foreship hull. The forward engine room flooded so the master of the barge moved his vessel to the side of the lock and requested assistance. The local fire brigade arrived with dewatering pumps. With the pumps, the crew was able to dewater the compartment allowing for repairs to patch the hull. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the Concordia may have been struck by another vessel exiting the lock.
On February 15, the 90 meter long fish factory Joseph Roty II became disabled 240 nautical miles off Killybegs, Ireland. The vessel had been fishing when its main engine failed. The Joseph Roty II went adrift while crew attempted to make repairs. After several days, the crew were unable to restore power. The fish factory requested assistance and a tug was dispatched. On February 18, the tug Ocean Challenger took the Joseph Roty II under tow to Killybegs.
Divers inspected the Joseph Roty II and found a net had fouled the vessel’s propeller. No reports of injuries to the 58 crew, damage or pollution released.