The 88 meter long, 2689 dwt cargo vessel Pollux ran aground on Lake Vanern off Hönsäter, Sweden. The Pollux was headed for Hällekis with a cargo of bentonite when it veered from the fairway and became stuck on a mud bank. The tugboat Lidköping was dispatched to assist refloating the Pollux. The tug’s first attempt failed with the towline breaking, but a later attempt was successful. The Pollux was taken to a quay in Hällekis for inspection. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 95 meter long, 4900 dwt cargo vessel Bremer Martha collided with the 158 meter long, 18425 dwt container ship Pollux on the Kiel Canal near Brieholz, Germany. The Bremer Martha had suffered a power blackout and drifted into the path of the Pollux. The Pollux had only slight minimal damage and was able to resume its voyage. The Bremer Martha came to rest on the northern bank of the canal. A tug was requested and freed the Bremer Martha and proceeded to tow the cargo vessel to Rendsburg. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 90 meter long freighter Pollux struck the inner gate at the Norther Lock of the Kiel Canal in Brunsbuettel, Germany. The lock suffered significant damage and was taken out of service for several hours for repairs. The gate suffered two large dents underwater while the lighting above was demolished. The bow of the Pollux was dented. The Pollux was detained in Brunsbuettel until it could be surveyed and inspected. Authorities has stated that the Pollux had entered the lock at a too high rate of speed. There were no injuries or pollution released. The Pollux was able to continue on its voyage to Kolding, Denmark.