The 80 meter long self-propelled barge Karola allided with a bridge on the Mittelland Canal near Bramsche, Germany. The Karola had broken free of its moorings and drifted down the canal until it struck the bridge. The vessel’s wheelhouse was smashed and the bridge sustained damaged. No reports of injuries as there were no crew on board at the time of the incident. Two barges arrived soon after the incident and pushed the Karola back to its berth. The water police has launched an investigation into the incident.
On February 28, the 292 meter long, 61636 dwt container ship Maersk Garonne ran aground in Fremantle, Australia. The Maersk Garonne was entered the inner harbour when it ran aground on a sand bank. The vessel remained aground a few hours until tugs were able to pull the boxship free. The vessels proceeded to a nearby anchorage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.