The 180 meter long, 34613 dwt cargo vessel Cabrera ran aground and sank in the Aegean Sea off the northern coast of Andros Island, Greece. The Cabrera was headed to Tornio, Finland from Larimna with a cargo of 3400 tons of ferronickle in bad weather. When off Andros Island, the strong winds reaching 40 mph caused the cargo vessel to go hard aground along the rocky shoreline.
The Cabrera sustained multiple hull breaches and uncontrolled water ingress. The flooding caused the Cabrera do develop a severe list before it sank with just part of the superstructure above water. The crew alerted the Greek Coast Guard who dispatched a helicopter to the scene. All 9 crew on board were safely hoisted to safety and later taken to hospital. No reports of injuries.
Authorities have stated the cause of the grounding was due to the severe weather while other reports state the grounding was due to a navigation error. The Cabrera had some 20 tons of fuel on board at the time of the incident.
On December 20, the 100 meter long self-propelled barge Stiro ran aground on the Rhine between Voerde and Rheinberg, Germany. The Stiro, loaded with a cargo of gravel, had become stuck on the river near Götterswickerhamm and was unable to free itself. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Nearby traffic on the Rhine was blocked. It was determined that the Stiro would need to be lightered before it could be pulled free.
The following day, a crane barge arrived on scene and begun to lighter some 250 tons of gravel from the Stiro’s cargo hold. A few hours into the lightering, the crane touched a high voltage cable that were above the vessels. One cable broke while another electric cable was damaged. No report of injuries. The crane barge was able to complete lightering operations later that day. The Stiro was able to refloat a short time later. The electrical cables were replaced a few days later. Reports state the damage was over 100,000€.