On January 21, the 124 meter long, 12480 dwt tanker Oriental Nadeshiko ran aground on the Elbe River near Cuxhaven, Germany. The Oriental Nadeshiko had some 9,000 metric tons of dangerous or toxic chemicals on board when the tanker suffered a technical fault. Unable to steer the Oriental Nadeshiko veered off the fairway and ran aground on a sandbank.
Authorities were alerted and dispatched a team to the site. A survey found the Oriental Nadeshiko had sustained no damage and no pollution had been released. Five tugs were dispatched and were able to refloat the Oriental Nadeshiko later the same day. No reports of injuries.
The 79 meter long, 1061 dwt cargo vessel Frem Nordica suffered a leak on the Elbe near Cuxhaven while en route to Aarhus from Ijmuiden. The vessel had sustained water ingress in the bow thruster compartment. Pumps were unable to control the flooding causing the Frem Nordica to be down by the bow. The master of the vessel requested assistance. A pilot arrived and help guide the cargo vessel entering Cuxhaven. Reports state the Frem Nordica was able to berth a short time later. A support vessel arrived and started pumping water out from the hull. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On December 6, the 26 meter long supply vessel Windea Three ran aground on Scharhörn Reef near Cuxhaven, Germany. The Windea Three was underway to Cuxhaven when it struck the edge of the bar. The crew notified authorities with the local DGzRS lifeboat responding. A nearby vessel also responded to the scene and was able to tow the Windea Three off the bar. The lifeboat escorted both vessels back to Cuxhaven. No reports of injuries to the seven crew on board the Windea Three. Reports state the Windea Three sustained some hull damage and entered a shipyard for repairs.