The 118 meter long, 8200 dwt cargo vessel Trade Navigator allided with the lock while departing from Emden, Germany. The Trade Navigator had struck the deflector rail with its accommodation block which then ripped out a large chunk of the masonry including the light signaling system mounted on top. The cargo vessel sustained minimal damage and there were no injuries. Lock operations had to be halted until the system could be removed and the lock could be surveyed. Reports state the Trade Navigator was not detained and allowed to continue on its voyage. The water police in Emden has launched an investigation into the incident.