The 21 meter long dredger Pesante sank on the Oude Maas River while berthed at the shipyard in Dordrecht, Netherlands. The Pesante sinking was spotted by another vessel who raised the alarm. The local fire brigade arrived to find only the wheelhouse of the Pesante still above water. Oil pollution was spotted around the vessel. No reports of injuries.
The 80 meter long self-propelled tanker barge Nordwind allided with the Mühlendamm lock gate on the River Spree in Berlin, Germany. The Nordwind was travelling from Treptow when it suffered a technical fault while entering the lock. The vessel was unable to stop and struck the gate. The bow of the Nordwind was holed and the gate was destroyed. The Nordwind proceeded to berth nearby so it could be inspected. The lock was closed to traffic until repairs can be completed.
The 585 foot long, 43176 dwt bulk carrier Summer Wind collided with a tanker barge being towed by the 20 meter long tugboat Miss Susan in the Houston Ship Channel near the end of the Texas City Dike. The tanker barge, loaded with 924,000 gallons of fuel oil, suffered water ingress and sank at the end of the dike. Reports state an unknown amount of fuel oil was released. A sheen of oil was spotted in the water around the barge. Authorities closed traffic on the channel between the Intracoastal Waterway to lighter buoy 32. Two crewmen on the barge were treated for exposure of hydrogen sulfide. No reports of injuries on the Miss Susan or the Summer Wind. Texas authorities and Coast Guard have deployed response teams to contain and clean-up the pollution.
- Barges collide off Texas (shipwrecklog.com)
- Houston area sees a couple of oil spills a day (fuelfix.com)
- Barge leaking oil after collision in Galveston Bay (star-telegram.com)