The 85 meter long self-propelled barge Karin went aground on the Main River near Bettingen, Germany. The vessel swung around after striking a submerged wall and came to rest perpendicular to the river blocking river traffic. The vessel requested assistance and a local tug responded. After two failed attempts to refloat the Karin, two work tugs were requested from Würzburg to refloat the Karin. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released. The Karin was en route to Aschaffenburg from Hungaria with a cargo of 1000 tons of steel.
The 66 meter long, 1622 dwt freighter Globia allided with the bridge between islands of Lolland and Falster, Denmark. Neither the bridge or the vessel sustained major damage. The Globia proceeded to Nykøbing until repairs can be made. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The Globia was en route to Nykøbing from Aarhus. The cause of the allision is being investigated by authorities.
Photos by Maritime New Zealand
The latest reports on the salvage of the Rena still continues as there are over 350 containers remaining on the bow section. To remove containers has become more difficult for the salvage teams. The bow section sits in area which makes it difficult for the crane ship Smit Borneo to get close enough to pull some containers off the vessel. So, tugs have been employed to pull containers overboard with the crane recovers them from the water.
Still More Oil
An oil slick is still visible coming from the submerged section of the stern. Reports state there might be at least ten tons of oil trapped in pockets in the stern. Oil continues to wash ashore around Tauranga and Motiti Island. The water around the wreck is also being checked for toxins. The decomposing contents of containers can make the water too toxic for divers in normal dive suits. No reports on how salvage teams will remove the containers still trapped in the stern.