On July 22, the 135 meter long passenger ship Lady Diletta allided with a bridge on the Mosel River near Longuich, Germany. Launched in June 2020, the Lady Diletta was proceeding on a cruise with 180 passengers. During the early morning hours, the cruise ship attempted to pass under the bridge, but the upper deck struck the bridge. The vessel’s sundeck and railing were damaged, but none of the 180 passengers and crew were injured. Some signage on the bridge was also damaged, but the bridge itself didn’t sustain any damage. Reports state the incident was due to a course mistake allowing the vessel to veered to far from the fairway.
The 85 meter long, 2600 dwt cargo vessel Rimini allided with the lock gate on the Kiel Canal at Brunsbüttel, Germany. The Rimini bound for Rostock entered the northern lock at too high rate of speed and was unable to reverse engines. The crew even dropped the starboard anchor to slow the vessel, but the Rimini continued forward until the bow crashed into the gate. The gate sustained significant damage and could no longer operate. The Rimini sustained dents to the bow hull above the waterline. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the damage to the lock gate could exceed 500,000 € and has been decommissioned for repairs. Authorities have detained the Rimini while an investigation into the incident was conducted. Initial reports state the vessel sustained a mechanical fault during the incident.
The 28 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Hochdonn collided with the 90 meter long, 4539 dwt cargo vessel Scheldebank on the Kiel Canal in Hochdonn, Germany. The ferry was struck by the Scheldebank in dense fog resulting in heavy damage to the port side of Hochdonn. A vehicle on the ferry was also damaged. The Scheldebank had slight damage to its bow. No one was injured on either vessel. The Hochdonn was taken out of service and replaced with another ferry.
The water police have not reported the cause of the collision. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.