The 85 meter long self-propelled barge Valet & Ott allided with the Neckar Bridge at Hirschhorn, Germany. The Valet & Ott was en route to Strasbourg from Eberbach with 440 tons of scrap when it struck some scaffolding while passing under the bridge. The barge’s wheelhouse was torn off disabling the vessel. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The barge was moored at the Hirschhorn Lock while the water police conducted an investigation. Traffic was stopped on the Neckar River while debris from the wheelhouse could be located. Reports state the damage was estimated around 100000 €. The Valet & Ott was taken under tow by a tug bound for Mannheim.
The 64 meter long ro-ro ferry Sykkylvsfjord allided with the pier at Liabygda, Norway. The ferry was approaching pier when it was unable to slow down before striking the ramp. No reports of injuries to the four crew or five passengers on board. The bow ramp was damaged after wedged under the pier. The cause of the incident was due to a failure with one of the ferry’s propellers. A tug was requested and was able to free the Sykkylvsfjord before proceeding to tow the ferry to a nearby repair yard. This was the second allision in the past two weeks for the vessel.
- Sykkylvsfjord (shipwrecklog.com)