On April 22, the 100 meter long, 2779 dwt car carrier City Of Amsterdam collided with the 151 meter long, 13000 dwt container ship Conmar Bay on the Kiel Canal near Breiholz, Germany. The City Of Amsterdam was headed west from Gdansk while the Conmar Bay was headed east from Rotterdam for Helsinki. At the 48 kilometer mark, the City Of Amsterdam had stopped to allow the Conmar Bay to pass, but the car carrier drifted into the passing container ship. The two vessels bumped with the City Of Amsterdam sustained a 50 meter long gash along its hull some 15 meter above the waterline. The Conmar Bay sustained damaged just to several containers on its port side.
The Conmar Bay proceeded on to Kiel. The City Of Amsterdam proceeded to Rendsburg escorted by a tug. The water police initial investigation and found that strong winds had caused the collision. No reports of injuries and no pollution was released.
The 129 meter long, 9006 dwt tanker Rystraum collided with the 159 meter long, 14901 dwt container ship Sandy Rickmers in the Kiel Canal near Breiholz, Germany. The Rystraum was pushed by a gust of wind and struck the stern of the Sandy Rickmers. No reports of injuries and no pollution released. The Rystraum suffered light damage to its wheelhouse while the stem of the Sandy Rickmers suffered slight damage. Both vessels were able to proceed under their own power to Brunsbuttel. The water police launched an investigation and allowed both vessels to continue onto their destinations. The Sandy Rickmers continued on to Antwerp with its cargo of empty containers while the Rystraum headed to Kokkola with its cargo of caustic soda.
The 139 meter long, 11051 dwt container ship Iris Bolten became disabled near Breiholz, Germany. The Iris Bolten had suffered an explosion in the engine room resulting in the vessel to lose power. The crew made an emergency anchor before requesting assistance. Several tugs were dispatched and took the container ship under tow to Brunsbuettel. No further details reported.