The 205 meter long passenger ship Boudicca became disabled in the Atlantic Ocean off Morocco. The Boudicca had departed from Southampton for an 18 night cruise with 784 passengers and 356 crew. After stopping in Cadiz, Spain, the cruise ship continued on its voyage towards Cape Verde when a fire erupted in the vessel’s engine room. The Boudicca lost power and developed a list. While the crew attempted to extinguish the blaze, the 784 passengers were requested to don life jackets and report to their muster stations. The fire was eventually brought under control, power was restored and the vessel was stabilized. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Boudicca proceeded to Lanzarote. Reports state the crew restored power to two main engines while two others were being repaired.
On January 23, the 105 meter long self-propelled barge Bavaria 52 allided with the lock gate on the Main-Donau Canal at Erlangen, Germany. The Bavaria 52 was en route to Bamberg with 1500 tons of rape seed when it struck the lock gate. No reports of damage to the barge, injuries or pollution released. The lock gate was severely damaged and was no long operable. Traffic has been halted at Erlangen until the gate can be removed and replaced. Reports state the vessel’s master had ignored traffic signal that the lock gate was closed. Estimated damage is estimated to be over 100,000 Euros.
On January 19, the 78 meter long offshore support vessel Red 7 Alliance allided with a gate at Brunsbüttel, Germany. The Red 7 Alliance had slammed into the floodgate with considerable force. The offshore vessel 7 had damaged the hull in the bow with water ingress, but the vessel’s pumps could control the flooding. The gate sustained some 100,000 € in damage and the lock would be inoperable for several weeks. No reports of injuries. The Red 7 Alliance later proceeded to a shipyard in Kiel for repairs.