The 172 meter long ro-ro ferry Napoleon Bonaparte sank near its mooring at Marseille, France. The ferry had broke its mooring due to strong winds with gusts reaching 100 km/hr. The winds caued the Napoleon Bonaparte to drift into the dock resulting in hull damage. Two watertight compartments of the hull suffered severe water ingress causing the vessel to develop a 10 degree list to starboard. Two tugs attempted to stabilize the Napoleon Bonaparte keeping the passenger ship from capsizing at the quay. After the compartments flooded, the vessel settled on the bottom in the harbour. No reports of injuries as no passengers were on board as the vessel was in winter-layup. Reports state the vessel will be refloated after any remaining oil on board has been removed to prevent any possible pollution being released. Divers will patch the hull to stop any further leaks.
The 85 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Leila caught fire on the Mittelland Canal near Gehlenbeck, Germany. The Leila was loaded with 1200 tons of heating oil from Essen to Hannover when the two crew on board spotted smoke coming from the crew quarters. The crew found the room was filled with smoke and flames appearing behind the refrigerator. The crew attempted to extinguish the fire, but the fire quickly grew out of control. The two men escaped to the forepeak as the fire consumed the crew quarters, engine room and wheelhouse. The local fire brigade arrived on scene and were able to extinguish the blaze. No reports of injuries and no pollution was released. Damage to the Leila was reported to be over 600000 €, but the cargo was undamaged and will be unloaded.
The 112 meter long, 6051 dwt freighter EMS became disabled in the North Sea. The EMS had suffered engine failure and the crew was unable to restart the engine. The freighter was taken under tow to Emden, Germany for repairs. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The EMS was en route to Newport from Vierow with a cargo of wheat.