The 80 meter long self-propelled barge Angelus Dei became disabled on the Hunte near Oldenburg, Germany. The Angelus Dei had problems its rudder gear when a fire broke out in the engine room. The motor on the emergency rudder had caught fire from oil that escaped from the engine. The crew were able to extinguished the fire. The vessel returned to Oldenburg. No reports of injuries. The vessel’s bilge was polluted with an oil-water mixture. The water police detained the vessel until the pollution was removed.
The 86 meter long self-propelled barge Itasca allided with a barrier at a railway bridge on the Hunte River near Elsfleth, Germany. The Itasca was proceeding from Brake with parts for a wind plant went it veered into barrier. Some 25 meters of the barrier was partially destroyed along with several pillings. The Itasca suffered only slight damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Damage was estimated to be over 100,000 Euros. The Itasca proceeded to Oldenburg where the water police detained the vessel. The water police has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 85 meter long self-propelled barge Janine broke-in-two after the vessel became stuck on the Hunte near Neuenhuntorf, Germany. The Janine loaded with 1,000 tons of ore suffered rudder failure and drifted until went aground with the bow on one shoreline and the stern on the other. As the tide lowered, the vessel’s midsection hung unsupported in the air until it broke-in-two. No one was hurt in the incident. Authorities have placed booms around the Janine to help contain any leaking fuel.