The 85 meter long self-propelled barge Nautic 1 broke-in-two while on the Rhine-Herne Canal at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The Nautic 1 was being loaded with a cargo of scrap metal when the vessel suffered hull failure amidships. The vessel’s stern sank while the bow was thrust out of the water into air. No reports of injuries of the three crew on board. The local fire brigade responded to the scene and placed oil boom around the vessel as some oil pollution was released from the submerged engine room. A crane was requested to help raise the Nautic 1 in the following week. Reports state the cause of the incident was due to failure to distribute the cargo while loading along with the age of the hull. The Nautic 1 was built in 1957.
The 105 meter long tanker-barge Jessica released pollution into the Rhine-Herne Canal. Authorities were alerted to a 15 kilometer long oil spill in the waterway. The authorities discovered the Jessica was the vessel releasing the oil and detained the vessel at Oberhausen. An estimated 100 litres of diesel had leaked through a damage vent. The canal was closed a short time to allow recovery, but the diesel had disappated too much to be removed from the waterway. No reports of injuries. No reports if the vessel or master was fined.
The 86 meter long tanker Somtrans IX allided with the Konrad-Adenauer-Allee Bridge on the Rhine-Herne Canal at Oberhausen, Germany. The tanker sustained damage to its helm with the upper control booth being crushed against the bridge. The tanker was able to continue under it’s own power to a nearby quay where it moored. No one was injured. The water police are conducting an investigation into the cause of the incident.