The 85 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Leila caught fire on the Mittelland Canal near Gehlenbeck, Germany. The Leila was loaded with 1200 tons of heating oil from Essen to Hannover when the two crew on board spotted smoke coming from the crew quarters. The crew found the room was filled with smoke and flames appearing behind the refrigerator. The crew attempted to extinguish the fire, but the fire quickly grew out of control. The two men escaped to the forepeak as the fire consumed the crew quarters, engine room and wheelhouse. The local fire brigade arrived on scene and were able to extinguish the blaze. No reports of injuries and no pollution was released. Damage to the Leila was reported to be over 600000 €, but the cargo was undamaged and will be unloaded.
The 83 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Marina had a head-on collision with another self-propelled barge allided with pilings on the Mittelland Canal near Kalkriese, Germany. The helmsman had lost control of the vessel after suffering a health problem. The Marina veered and struck the other vessel before alliding with a piling. Both vessels suffered damage with some oil pollution allowed to leak out into the canal. The helmsman was taken to hospital suffering several injuries. Reports state the damage will be over several thousands of euros.
A 70 meter long barge being pushed by the 153 meter long towboat Fabico-3 sank on the Mittellandkanal between Seelze and Gummer, Germany. The vessels were berthed at a quay when the barge sank with it’s cargo of 270 tons of slag. The local fire department responded and placed an oil boom around the sunken vessel. No reports of injuries. The convoy of vessels were en route to the Dortmund-Ems Canal from Salzgitter. The cause of the sinking was not reported. The water police are conducting an investigation into the incident.