The 80 meter long self-propelled barge St. Michael collided with the 86 meter long self-propelled Inga R. on the Mittelland Canal near Braunschweig, Germany. The two vessels struck head-on and both suffered significant damage. The bow of the St. Michael was crushed and a small amount of oil was released. Authorities were able to place booms around the St. Michael to contain any pollution released. No reports of injuries on either vessel. Reports state traffic was halted for several hours on the canal. The water police has detained both vessel while conducting an investigation into the incident. Damage to both vessels was estimated to be around 80 000 Euros.