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 56 meter long, 507 ton self-propelled barge Bydgoszcz BM 5257 allided along the embankment on the Mittelland Canal near the 269 kilometer mark. The master of the vessel was unable to maintain his course in dense fog. The BM 5257 hull was damaged and the vessel suffered water ingress. The master of the vessel contacted the Oebisfelde fire department who found the vessel nearly sunk with water two meters high in the living quarters. Using a submersible pump, the fire department were able to keep the vessel afloat until divers could make repairs. The water police is conducting an investigation into the incident. The vessel did not have radar and lacked equipment to prevent it from sinking. The BM 5257 was proceeding from Poland to Wittingen with a cargo of 450 tons of fertilizers. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.
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