The 59 meter long tanker Bergen Troll allided with the 30 meter long barge Hörn 20 in the port of Kiel, Germany. The Bergen Troll had suffered a technical fault with the steering causing the the tanker to strike the moored barge. Both vessels sustained significant damage. The Bergen Troll was detained by the water police until an investigation could be completed over the incident. Another barge was dispatched to the replace the Hörn 20. Reports state the Bergen Troll was permitted to continue on its voyage to Rostock a few days later. No reports of injuries.
On January 15, the 108 meter long, 7734 dwt cargo vessel Südkap became disabled in Kiel Canal at Kiel, Germany. The Südkap was headed to Beira from St. Petersburg when it suffered a power failure when the main engine failed. The vessel remained in Kiel for several hours until the crew was able to complete repairs and continued on its voyage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 118 meter long, 7802 dwt cargo vessel Thorco Hilde became disabled while entering Holtenau Locks of the Kiel Canal. The Thorco Hilde was headed from Gdansk when it suffered engine failure entering the locks. The pilot alerted the lock personnel who were able secure the cargo vessel before it struck the lock gate. The crew was able to restart the engine and proceeded out the lock a short time later. Authorities detained the Thorco Hilde for a few hours while doing an investigation into the incident. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.