On January 31, the 13 meter long water taxi Vigilant collided with the dredger Nova Venture on the Wadden Sea near Nes, Ameland Island, Netherlands. The Vigilant was proceeding to Ameland from Holwerd with 11 passengers. The two vessels were approaching each other from opposite directions. Just before the two vessels would strike head-on, the master of the Vigilant attempted to veer away. The water taxi’s bow struck hard into the dredger causing severe damage to the hull.
Several passengers on the Vigilant were slightly injured, but two passengers had significant injuries and had to be later taken to hospital in Leeuwarden for treatment. Both passengers recovered and were later released.
Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. No details reported if any injuries or damage to the Nova Venture from the collision.
The 20 meter long fishing vessel Zk48 Jettie Martha caught fire off Ameland, Netherlands. The fire broke out in the vessel’s engine room. The crew closed off the engine room and requested assistance. The KNRM dispatched a lifeboat with a fire rescue team to their aid. The fire fighters were able to extinguish the blaze. A salvage tug arrived and took the Zk48 Jettie Martha under tow to Lauwersoog. No reports of injuries or pollution released. An inspection later found the fire had been started by a broken pipe.
The 25-meter long fishing vessel LAU-10 De Volharding suffered a fire in the engine room while in the shipping lanes near Ameland, Netherlands. The crew requested assistance with several lifeboats from the island responding. On board the the lifeboat from Nes, several members of the local fire brigade were taken to the fishing vessel. With their assistance, the fire on board the LAU-10 De Volharding was quickly extinguished. The fishing vessel was taken under tow and proceeded to Ameland. No reports of injuries.