The 193 meter long towboat Veerhaven II suffered water ingress while enroute to Schwegern with four empty barges on the Rhine River. The water ingress was discovered in the bow of the towboat caused by the vessel’s anchor had been twisted allowing the anchor to pierce the hull. The Veerhaven II was escorted by three fire boats to Ruhrort for repairs. At the shipyard, the Veerhaven II suffered another leak releasing some 3,000 liters of diesel fuel into the harbor. Local firefighters deployed booms to contain the spill. Divers were able to make repairs to prevent any further fuel from escaping from the towboat. Authorities dispatched a special vessel that will be able to pump and contain the contaminated water. No reports of injuries.
The 27 meter long, 288 gt high speed ferry Tidebaronessen suffered steering gear failure on the Oslo Fjord. The ferry had left Aker Brygge with passengers bound for Son. However, the Tidebaronessen changed direction and headed for Nesoddtanngen due to the steering failure. As the ferry was to dock, the crew announced that the vessel was not able to berth. Passengers were told that the vessel could not berth and that if any passengers could assist with docking. After 15 minutes and the aid of several passenger, the ferry was able to berth. No reports of injury.
The 2174 dwt tanker Alisa becamed disabled off Vanino, Russia in the Sea of Japan. The Alisa’s engine and generator overheated when the cooling system failed. Tugs from Vanino were unable to connect a towline due to the bad weather and icing. The tanker was able to run engine for short periods to avoid drifting. Reports state a salvage vessel had offer to tow the tanker, but the master declined.