On March 28, the 189 meter long, 15787 dwt self-unloader bulk carrier Mississagi sustained damage in Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior. The Mississagi was proceeding towards the Soo Locks when it struck ice and tore a hole in the vessel’s bow. The crew was able to make temporary a patch and the vessel continued on its voyage to Monroe for repairs. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Mississagi was en route in ballast to Toledo for a cargo of coal.
On February 28, the fishing vessel Karen Margrethe L423 allided with the Aggersund Bridge near Aalborg, Denmark. The Karen Margrethe had become trapped in an ice floe and pushed into the bridge. The fishing vessel suffered only minor damage including a broken mast. No reports of injuries as all three crew had abandoned the fishing vessel before the allision. Authorities dispatched a helicopter to the scene. Reports state the Karen Margrethe would be recovered the next day.
The 169 meter long bulk carrier Ourania collided with another cargo vessel in the Gulf of Finland near the Kalbådagrund Lighthouse, Finland. The Ourania was proceeding to Ashdod from St. Petersburg when it’s bow struck into the stern of the undisclosed cargo vessel. The Ourania sustained a hull breach above the waterline, but there were no injuries or pollution was released. Reports state the Ourania and the other vessel were running westbound when the undisclosed vessel slowed down in ice. The Finish Coast Guard dispatched vessels to monitor the area.