The 80 meter long self-propelled barge Karola allided with a bridge on the Mittelland Canal near Bramsche, Germany. The Karola had broken free of its moorings and drifted down the canal until it struck the bridge. The vessel’s wheelhouse was smashed and the bridge sustained damaged. No reports of injuries as there were no crew on board at the time of the incident. Two barges arrived soon after the incident and pushed the Karola back to its berth. The water police has launched an investigation into the incident.
On October 28, the 67 meter long self-propelled barge Rothensee sank after colliding with another vessel on the Mittelland Canal near Oebisfelde, Germany. The Rothensee quickly sank in 4.5 feet of water with its cargo of 800 tons or iron bars. No reports of injuries. Salvage teams quickly responded as the sunken Rothensee was blocking traffic on the canal. The salvage team was able to recover the 800 tons of iron off the vessel and began lifting efforts with a floating crane. As the stern was pulled above the water, the hull cracked just behind the stern wheelhouse. The 1.5 meter long crack halted operations. Steel plates were welded to stabilize the Rothensee to allow salvage operations to continued. After refloated, the Rothensee will be taken to a nearby berth where it can be scrapped.
The 80 meter long self-propelled barge St. Michael collided with the 86 meter long self-propelled Inga R. on the Mittelland Canal near Braunschweig, Germany. The two vessels struck head-on and both suffered significant damage. The bow of the St. Michael was crushed and a small amount of oil was released. Authorities were able to place booms around the St. Michael to contain any pollution released. No reports of injuries on either vessel. Reports state traffic was halted for several hours on the canal. The water police has detained both vessel while conducting an investigation into the incident. Damage to both vessels was estimated to be around 80 000 Euros.