The 190 meter long, 48,821 dwt bulk carrier Dimitris S caught fire while berthed in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Dimitris S had arrived from Dordrecht with a cargo of scrap metal when fire broke out in the hold. Local fire brigade and fireboats were alerted and the combined effort was able to extinguish the blaze after several hours. One crewman on board the Dimitris S was later taken to hospital for treatment. Reports state the fire was likely caused by the scrap self-igniting. No details on damage or pollution released.
On June 23, the 200 meter long, 37332 dwt bulk carrier Bluebill allided with a railroad bridge while transiting the Panama Canal. The Bluebill had departed from Balboa in ballast and was crossing the Panama Canal towards the Atlantic Ocean when it struck the Chagres River railway bridge. Tugs were alerted and aided the bulk carrier away from the bridge to a nearby anchorage.
The bridge sustained major damage with part of the platform and rails collapsed into the river. Reports state the bulk carrier sustained only slight damage to the bow, but the vessel will be later inspected for possible damage.
Authorities have halted rail traffic and have launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the rail bridge will be out of service for at least several weeks for repairs. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 190 meter long, 56559 dwt bulk carrier Star Centaurus (listed as D. Centaurus) ran aground in Limenes Bay off Crete. The Star Centaurus was en route to Suez from Morocco with 57,000 tons of fertilizer on board. The bulk carrier struck bottom in the bay and was unable to free itself. Tugs were dispatched to the scene while authorities placed booms around the vessel to capture any pollution released. The tugs were able to pull the Star Centaurus free and tow it to a nearby anchorage.
Authorities have detained the vessel while they conduct an investigation. No reports of injuries or pollution released.