The 50 meter long self-propelled barge Elizabeth became disabled in the Weser-Datteln Canal near Dorsten, Germany. The vessel had suffered water ingress near the bow and was in danger of sinking. The vessel requested assistance and the local fire department responded with dewatering pumps. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The fire fighters laid out a boom around the Elizabeth as a precaution. The Elizabeth was en route to the Wessel River with a cargo of plastic pellets. Reports state the leak could have been caused by ice.
The 110 meter long tanker St. Rita allided with the Östricher Bridge on the Weser–Datteln Canal at Dorsten, Germany. The tanker lost control in bad weather and struck a bulkhead. The St. Rita hull suffered a five meter tear along its hull allowing the cargo of diesel fuel to spill out. The tanker was moored along the shore and local fire fighters were contacted. However, the conditions prevented the remaining fuel to be removed off the St. Rita. The St. Rita was moved later to Hünxe where it could make repairs. No reports of injuries. No details were reported to the amount of diesel fuel released or pollution recovery plans.