On December 3, the 140 meter long, 5000 dwt car carrier City of Rotterdam collided with the 200 meter long, 10,407 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Primula Seaways on the Humber near Immingham, England. The Primula Seaways was coming from Rotterdam with 25 persons in bad weather with strong winds and heavy rains. As it approached the Humber, the Primula Seaways struck head-on with the City of Rotterdam.
The City of Rotterdam sustained extensive damage to its portside bow. The car carrier had a 40 foot long breach over multiple decks and a notable crack in the hull. No reports of injuries on either vessel.
The Primula Seaways proceeded to Killinghome Haven while the City of Rotterdam berthed in Immingham. Authorities have detained both vessels and launched an investigation into the incident. The cause of the collision has not yet been reported.
The 85 meter long, 4101 dwt cement carrier Cembalo caught fire while berthed at Rostock, Germany. The fire started in the second officer’s cabin and quickly spread into the superstructure. The crew along with the local fire brigade were able to extinguish the blaze after a few hours. Another fire reignited on the deck a short time later, but was quickly extinguished. No injuries to the 13 crew or pollution released.
The 332 meter long, 108,250 dwt container ship Maersk Saigon ran aground just inside the port of Santos, Brazil. The boxship was departing the port bound for Port Elizabeth, South Africa when it veered out the navigation channel and went aground. The Maersk Saigon was later refloated and was moving to a nearby anchorage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.