On May 27, the 85 foot long self-propelled barge Bakesteyn caught fire on the Markerneer between Marken and Almere, Netherlands. The Bakesteyn had departed from Nieuwegein bound for Amsterdam when a fire broke out in the engine room. The crew alerted authorities who dispatched patrol boats and two KNRM lifeboats to the scene. When authorities arrived on scene, the crew of the Bakesteyn had already extinguished the blaze. The fire had started by a broken drive shaft which cut a fuel line. Authorities inspected the vessel and found there was a fuel leak and determined the Bakesteyn needed to be towed to port. The KNRM lifeboat took the Bakesteyn under tow and proceeded for Amsterdam. Another barge took over the tow a short time later. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 200 meter long, 61148 dwt bulk carrier Jonas Oldendorff allided with the quay at Port Lincoln, Australia. The bulk carrier had entered the port and was attempting to berth when it struck the quay. The Jonas Oldendorff sustained only minor damage to its starboard bow. No significant damage reported to the quay. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The Jonas Oldendorff was later assisted by tugs to its berth. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 229 meter long, 81,531 dwt bulk carrier Cofco 1 ran aground multiple times on the Parana River this week. On May 25, the Cofco 1 had departed from Timbues, Argentina with a cargo of 40,000 tons of soybeans bound for Denmark when ran aground on the Parana River. The bulk carrier remained aground until the following day when a tug pulled it free. After an inspection found no damage, the Cofco 1 was allowed to proceed on its voyage. On May 27, the Cofco 1 ran aground a second time on the Parana River near San Pedro. The bulk carrier is awaiting assistance from tugs to be refloated again. No reports of damage or pollution released. Reports state the Parana River’s water level is near its lowest in 50 years. Authorities are expected to put limits on how much cargo will be allowed on bulk carriers.