On January 21, the 98 meter long, 4811 dwt LPG tanker Maestro and the 65 meter long, 1038 dwt tanker Kandy caught fire in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait. The two vessels were involved transferring fuel when there was a sudden explosion on deck. Both the Maestro and Kandy were engulfed in flames killing some crew and others overboard. Black smoke spilled out alerting authorities.
Authorities recovered 11 bodies from the sea. The Kandy had a crew of 17 and the Maestro had 14 crew. Russian authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. No further details reported.
On January 17, the 80 meter long self–propelled barge Maranta allided with the Humbeek-Sas bridge over the Brussels-Scheldt Canal near Grimbergen, Belgium. The Maranta was following a vessel passing under the bridge when the bridge began lowering the deck. The Maranta struck with enough force to knock the deck and shift bridge pillars.
Local authorities were alerted and stopped all traffic on the bridge. The Maranta berthed nearby and was surveyed for damage to its bow. No reports of injuries. Reports state the bridge will require a new road deck which may take several weeks.
On January 14, the 90 meter long self-propelled barge Isabel caught fire after an explosion while berthed at Dordrecht, Netherlands. The vessel was to undergo an inspection when an explosion occurred in a technical space resulting in a fire. The local fire brigade was alerted and were able to quickly bring the fire under control. No reports of injuries.