The 112 meter long, 6334 dwt cargo vessel Emsmoon allided with the bridge over the Ems river at Weener, Germany. The Emsmoon had departed from Papenburg when it struck 335 meter long bascule railway bridge. The bow of the Emsmoon struck the closed center span and almost completely destroyed the span. The Emsmoon sustained dents and scratches, but there was no injuries or pollution released. The Emsmoon returned to Papenburg for inspection. Authorities reported that the cause of the allision was not due to a technical fault.
A floating crane will be used to remove the destroyed span. Traffic will be limited to self-propelled barges until the span can be removed. Cargo vessels upstream of the bridge will be unable leave as well. Reports state repairing the bridge may take years to complete.
The 135 meter long self-propelled barge Factofour allided on the Scheldt-Rhine Canal with the bridge at Rilland-Bath, Netherlands. The vessel and passing under the Bathse bridge when it and the cargo containers on deck struck the underside of the bridge. Reports state the vessel hit cables and wires ran underneath the bridge. Some of the deck cargo of containers were damaged whiles others shifted. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The Factofour proceeded to moor nearby until the cargo can be secured. The Factofour was en route to Duisburg from Antwerp.
The 110 meter long self-propelled barge Fides allided with a bridge at Burgum, Netherlands. The Fides was proceeding under the bridge with a deck cargo of 100 empty containers when it got stuck halfway. Attempts to pull the vessel astern caused several containers to become wedged under the bridge. A salvage company was contacted and was able to free the Fides only after cutting the containers free from the bridge. The master of the Fides had miscalculated the water level in the canal which resulted in the allision. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.