The 60 meter long, 965 dwt cargo ship Fosenbulk became disabled off Flatanger, Norway after suffering a power outage. The vessel’s main engine had failed while in heavy seas and high winds. The crew immediately dropped anchor to keep the vessel from being blown on to shallows. The crew alerted authorities as they feared the anchor chain could break. A lifeboat was dispatched to the scene along with a Sea King helicopter. The helicopter was able to airlift the 4 crewmen to safety.
The Coast Guard vessel Harstad arrived later and was able to connect a towline to the Fosenbulk. The vessels proceeded to Namsos. No reports of injuries. The Fosenbulk was loaded with foundry sand bound for Rissa.
The 82 meter long self-propelled barge Meggen released pollution into the Weser-Datteln Canal while berthed at Datteln, Germany. The crew of the Meggen made a mistake pumping water. Instead of pumping water into the fresh water tank, it was pumped into a cooling system causing it to overflow. The overflow went into a fuel tank causing oil to be released out into the canal. Local fire brigade responded to the scene and placed booms around the vessel to contain the pollution. No reports of injuries or damage. Authorities reported that clean-up operations had started.
The 140 meter long, 12325 dwt container ship Safmarine Linyati went aground on the Seine River near Caudebec-en-Caux, France. The vessel was en route to Rouen from Antwerp when grounded at the entrance of the river channel. Tugs attempted to refloat the Safmarine Linyati but were unable due to the falling tide. Plans were to refloat the vessel on the following high tide. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.