The 77 meter long, 1650 dwt cargo vessel Xin Zhou caught fire while loading scrap at Toyohashi, Japan. Local authorities dispatched fire fighters and fire fighting boats to the scene. The burning scrap was removed from the hull and doused by water. After several hours, the fire fighters were able to bring the blaze under control. All crew on board were able to safely evacuate to the pier. Some of the crew suffered smoke inhalation. Damage by the fire to the Xin Zhou was not reported. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 138 meter long, 12700 dwt cargo vessel BBC Maple Lea ran aground on Lake Saint-Louis near Île Saint-Nicolas, Quebec. The BBC Maple Lea sustained damage to its bow thruster releasing some oil into the water. No reports of injuries. Tugs were dispatched to the scene and the cargo vessel was freed the following day. Reports state the BBC Maple Lea was loaded with a cargo of scrap.
On December 12, the 113 meter long passenger ship Primadonna allided with a bridge on the Danube in the lock at Aschach an der Donau, Austria. The Primadonna had entered the lock at too high of speed and was unable to slow down before it struck the bridge. The impact caused the bridge to break off its foundation and crash onto the Primadonna’s upper deck. The lock system sustained damage and require repairs. No reports of injuries. Reports state the Primadonna was to be taken to a shipyard in Linz for repairs.