On January 17, the 80 meter long self–propelled barge Maranta allided with the Humbeek-Sas bridge over the Brussels-Scheldt Canal near Grimbergen, Belgium. The Maranta was following a vessel passing under the bridge when the bridge began lowering the deck. The Maranta struck with enough force to knock the deck and shift bridge pillars.
Local authorities were alerted and stopped all traffic on the bridge. The Maranta berthed nearby and was surveyed for damage to its bow. No reports of injuries. Reports state the bridge will require a new road deck which may take several weeks.
The 152 meter long, 13031 dwt container ship Heinrich Schepers allided with a wall on the Scheldt just outside the entrance to Deurganckdok, Belgium. The Heinrich Schepers had suffered a mechanical fault and swung into the metal deflection wall resulting in a 2 meter hull breach above the waterline. No reports of injuries. Authorities report damage to the wall was minimal and has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 243 meter long, 108760 dwt tanker Sea Bay became disabled and ran aground off Zeebrugge, Belgium. The Sea Bay was en route to Antwerp when it suffered engine failure and power blackout. The tanker went adrift and grounded on a sandbank some eight kilometers offshore. Unable to refloat itself, the Sea Bay requested assistance. Four tugs were dispatched and refloated the tanker on the following high tide. The tugs towed the Sea Bay to Ostend before proceeding to Zeebrugge for inspection. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.