Reports state the inland oil tanker Tanya was detained on the Mittelland Canal near Lohnde, Germany, after a passing boater noticed a track of oil in the water. The boater had alerted the master of the Tanya who contacted the authorities. The local fire department responded and deployed an oil boom to keep the diesel fuel spreading into the channel. Divers inspected the hull of the Tanya and discovered a 15 centimeter crack along the hull. A special type of plaster was placed into the gap as a temporary repair to prevent further leaking. The master of the Tanya reported that he had grounded the vessel earlier when he steered the vessel closer to shore to allow a passing motor vessel to go by. Reports state 150 liters of diesel has been released. The authorities have charged the master of the Tanya for water pollution.
The 56-foot fishing vessel Lively Jane sank in Anderson Bay near Valdez, Alaska. The Lively Jane had struck a submerged rock which holed the hull. The crew sent out a distress call which was received by the nearby fishing vessel Alioth. The Alioth rescued the 5 crew of the Lively Jane and contacted the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard launched the 25 foot response boat which took the Lively Jane crew back to Valdez. The Lively Jane had 75 gallons of diesel fuel and 25 gallons of lube oil on board when it sank. No oil pollution has been spotted on the surface. The owner has hired a firm to begin salvage operations and pollution control. The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the sinking.
A tanker barge and freighter collided near the locks at Bruinisse, Netherlands (51.66 N, 4.15 E). The tanker barge being pushed by a towboat when it struck the starboard side of the freighter. The tanker barge took a large dent while the freighter’s hull was holed above the waterline. The water police are conducting an investigation into the incident. Initial reports state there was some miscomunication between the vessels before the collision. There were no injuries on either vessel.