On September 13, around 1:00 p.m., 382-foot Washington State Ferry MV HYAK collided with a 27-foot sailboat in the Harney Channel between Orcas and Shaw Islands. Harney Channel is about a half-mile wide with depths between 80 and 190 feet. Apparently, for whatever reason, neither vessel captain knew to get out of the way until it was too late. The weather was overcast, but not foggy. The sea was calm.
At 8:43, at the end of her second trip of the morning on January 9, passenger ferry SEASTREAK WALL STREET allided with Pier 11 at a speculated 10 - 12 knots, causing passengers and crew alike to be thrown up to ten feet forward and to the floor or down stairs. According to reports, 74 people of the 326 people aboard were injured; some were treated at the scene, but 57 people, including those with head injuries, were taken by emergency personnel to the hospital. One person was reported in critical condition and another nine people were reported in serious condition.
During boarding on November 2 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Bellingham, WA, an Alaska State Ferry worker was injured when the cable of the passenger ramp she was lowering at the stern of 418-foot COLUMBIA snapped. Witnesses say that they heard a pop, the ramp shook, and then there was another pop. Then the ramp collapsed and fell onto some wooden pilings. According to reports, the worker was standing near the edge of the ramp, and when the ramp collapsed, she fell about twenty feet onto it, suffering multiple injuries. She was rushed to nearby St. Joseph's Hospital.
SEA SMOOTH and LAMMA IV Collide Off Hong Kong, Killing 38
Dhubri, which is in northeast India, is a city of roughly 65,000 people, and is flanked on three sides by rivers, making river travel a common mode of transportation. It was on the largest of these rivers, the Brahmaputra, in the Dhubri district, that on April 30 a ferry loaded with passengers and their goods split in two and capsized. The weather consisted of heavy rain and strong wind, with very poor visibility.