On June 7, the 165 meter long, 7210 dwt vehicle carrier Neptune Thelisis allided with quay at Luka Koper, Slovenia. The Neptune Thelisis had been moored at the quay when a severe storm struck the area.
The strong winds with gusts reaching 110 kilometers per hour slammed against the car carrier. The winds were strong enough to pull the vessel away from the pier snapping the bow mooring lines. The Neptune Thelisis then swung around and struck against the quay and a gantry crane. The crane fell over and was completely demolished. The vessel only sustained multiple scratches and minor damage. No reports of injuries.
Damage by the storm was reported to be between 15 to 20 million €. The Neptune Thelisis remained in port to be surveyed for hull damage and complete repairs. Reports state both the harbour authority and the vessel’s owners deny responsibility for the incident and litigation is expected.
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 200 meter long, 21081 dwt car carrier Alliance St. Louis caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico near Southwest Pass, Louisiana. The fire started in the engine room by an electrical short and was quickly extinguished by the crew. While there were no injuries, the fire damaged the engine and the car carrier went adrift. The crew alerted the Coast Guard who dispatched the cutter Brant to the scene. Reports state a tug was also dispatched to take the Alliance St. Louis under tow back to port. No reports of injuries or pollution released.