On February 13, the 60 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Noordereiland collided with the 64 meter long, 1469 dwt cargo vessel Bonita in the Houtrib Lock in Lelystad, Netherlands. The Bonita had entered the lock and was unable to slow down before it struck the stern of the Noordereiland. The tanker-barge sustained significant damage, but no reports of injuries or pollution released on either vessel. Authorities detained both vessels until an investigation into the incident could be completed. Reports state the Bonita had just returned back into services after repairs from an earlier grounding.
The 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Piz Palü collided with the 187 meter long self-propelled barge Rhenus Luenen on the Waal near Kekerdom, Netherlands. The Piz Palü was headed in ballast to Rotterdam when it struck two barges being pushed by the Rhenus Luenen. After the collision, the vessels ran aground onto a nearby crib. The Piz Palü sustained hull damage above the waterline resulting in no water ingress or pollution released.
Authorities were alerted and the local fire brigade dispatched a fireboat to the scene. The Piz Palü was able to be refloated and allowed to continue on to Rotterdam. The Rhenus Luenen remained aground and required to be lightered. The bunker Martina 2 arrived on scene later and assisted in refloating the barges. Reports state there were no injuries on either vessels.
The 70 foot long fishing vessel Edna May collided with the 184 meter long, 37456 dwt tanker Iver Prosperity 25 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The tanker was heading for Providence loaded with a cargo of petroleum when it struck the Edna May. The Edna May sustained minor cosmetic damage while the tanker showed hull damage along the starboard section. The Coast Guard was alerted to the incident and dispatched the Coast Guard cutter Coho to the scene. The Coho escorted the Edna May back to port in Tiverton. The Iver Prosperity proceed to Providence where it will be surveyed for damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released on either vessel. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.