The 110 meter long tanker Zehdenick allided with a bridge on the Moselle River at Schweich, Germany. The Zehdenick suffered damage with its wheelhouse torn-off and push astern. A car stored behind the wheelhouse was pushed off the tanker into the water. The car was later found in 6 meters of water. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The Zehdenick was in ballast heading towards the Rhine at the time of the incident. Reports state the water level was high and there were strong winds which may have led to the allision. The bridge was closed until it was inspected.
The grounded container ship Rena broke-in-two after a strong storm struck during the New Years weekend. The storm with 15 foot swells battered against the hull causing the vessel to split apart some 1.5 meters wide. Divers have not been able to investigate to see if the Rena’s hull is still connected under the surface. Both sections remained firmly aground, but oil that was trapped in the hull has leaked out. Reports state a light oil sheen has been spotted and has come ashore. Debris from containers that have fallen overboard has washed ashore near Tauranga and along the shores of Motiti Island.
The 47 meter long Search and Rescue vessel Allure G became disabled off Callantsoog, Netherlands. The Allure G had suffered engine problems and went adrift. The vessel contacted the Coast Guard who dispatched a tug and a rescue craft to the scene. The Coast Guard remained on scene until a salvage tug arrived and took the Allure G under tow. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released.