The 80 meter long self-propelled barge Nawatrans VI sprung a leak on the Ems River near Gandersum, Germany. The barge’s crew detected water ingress in the cargo hold with its toxic cargo of lead concentrate. The crew alerted the fire brigade from Papenburg who quickly responded to the scene. Divers inspected the hull and found a crack in the hull, but welding attempts failed to patch the hull. Tanker trucks were requested to contain the polluted water from the cargo hold and the cargo of lead will be transferred to another vessel. Reports state the Nawatrans VI had earlier struck a buoy just outside Gandersum and the vessel had gone perpendicular to the river. The water police has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 294 meter long, 62920 dwt container ship RHL Fidelitas suffered water ingress while berthed in Shanghai, China. The RHL Fidelitas had completed loading cargo when it suffered water ingress in its engine room. The boxship suffered significant damage to the engine room. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Containers were offloaded and the RHL Fidelitas was taken to a nearby anchorage while the crew conducts repairs.
The 334 meter long, 102367 dwt container shipMaersk Stepnica suffered damage while proceeding on the Atlantic Ocean. The boxship had departed from Tanjun East on December 20, 2013 bound for Felixstowe when it encountered heavy seas with seas reaching nearly 20 meters. When the Maersk Stepnica arrived in Felixstowe, several containers aft of the bridge were lost or damaged. No reports of injuries.