On June 23, the 183 meter long self-propelled container-barge Alorba allided with the bridge near Weil am Rhein, Germany. The Alorba was heading south from Basel with a cargo of containers when it approached the Palmrain Bridge. The crew attempted to lower the wheelhouse to safely pass under the bridge when there was a mechanical malfunction. The wheelhouse struck the bridge and severely damaged. The bridge was closed to traffic to be inspected for damage. No reports of injuries. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 183 meter long, 37500 dwt tanker Bow Jubail allided with a pier at Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Bow Jubail had a pilot on board and was being escorted by a tug when it struck the jetty against the starboard hull. The hull was breached rupturing the bunker tanks. Some 217 tons of fuel oil spilt out of the Bow Jubail into the harbor. No reports of injuries to the 29 crew on board.
Authorities dispatched harbor vessels and fire boats to the scene to contain the pollution. Booms were placed to help contain some of the oil, but reports state the pollution may impact shorelines. Several reports state wildlife including birds were found to be coated by oil. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 33 meter long passenger ferry Northern Star allided with a pier just outside the terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The Northern Star with 136 passengers was on its way to the ferry terminal Sha Tsui ferry terminal when it suffered some mechanical failure. The failure caused the ferry to veer off course and hit a the pier before crashing onto the shoreline. The impact caused many of the passengers and crew to be knocked off their feet. Seven crew suffered injuries, but all passengers were unharmed. The Northern Star had to be towed from the scene to the ferry terminal. The pier sustained damage to several pillars.