The 177 meter long, 24700 dwt container ship Delphis Bothnia allided with the lock wall on the Kiel Canal at Kiel-Holtenau, Germany. The Delphis Bothnia was headed to Gdynia from Rotterdam when the boxship’s port bow struck the lock wall. The vessel sustained minor scratches and dents above the waterline. The lock also sustained some damage. No reports of injuries.
Authorities detained the vessel for a short period while they conducted an investigation into the incident. Reports state the Delphis Bothnia proceeded on its voyage a few hours later. No reports of pollution released.
On August 30, the 167 meter long vehicle carrier Viking Sea allided with the quay at Hamilton, Bermuda. The Viking Sea was heading out of port bound for Panama. The car carrier was being assisted by two tugs being pulled away from the berth when one towline snapped. The wind quickly pushed the Viking Sea back towards the dock. The vessel’s stern swung back striking the quay before the tugs could respond. No reports of injuries.
The tugs were able to bring the Viking Sea back under control. The car carrier remained in port to allow a survey to inspect for damage. The following day the Viking Sea was allowed to resume its voyage. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Authorities have stated they have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 146 meter long, 2775 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Blue Star Patmos ran aground on the Aegean Sea off Ios, Greece. The ferry was entering the port with 205 passengers, 33 vehicles and 44 crew when it grounded just offshore. The Blue Star Patmos sustained hull damage and water ingress, but the vessel’s pumps were able to control the flooding. No reports of injuries. All passengers were safely transferred ashore.
Authorities were contacted and divers were requested to survey the hull to assess the extent of damage. No reports of pollution.