On February 6, the 110 meter long self-propelled barge Aurelio ran aground in the Black Sea at the port of Constanta, Romania. The Aurelio had been at its berth when strong winds cause it to break the mooring lines. The Aurelio was blown across the port until it ran aground on a sandbank near the remains of an old shipwreck. No reports of injuries.
Authorities dispatched two vessels to help refloat the Aurelio. No reports of damage or pollution released.
The 188 meter long, 35079 dwt cargo vessel Caledonia ran aground in the port of Constanța, Romania. The Caledonia departed from its berth with 10,678 tonnes of laminates bound for Veracruz. As it maneuvered away from the berth, the bow of the Caledonia ran aground just off the east peir Farul Carol I lighthouse. No reports of injuries.
Following the grounding, authorities inspected the Caledonia for damage. Finding no damage to the hull, it was determine the vessel would need to be lightered before it could be refloated. After 1,000 tonnes of cargo was unloaded, three tugs pulled the Caledonia free. The Caledonia proceeded back to the berth to be reloaded. No reports of damage or pollution released.
On November 1, the 129 meter long, 11215 dwt tanker Akdeniz collided with the 155 meter long, 17145 dwt container ship Matilde A in the Black Sea off Constanta, Romania. Both vessels had pilots on board proceeding in bad weather when the Akdeniz struck the Matilde A. The Matilde A sustained damage with a two meter gash and a small hole below the waterline in a starboard ballast tank. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Both vessels proceeded to Constanta under their own power. The Matilde A was reported to proceed to a shipyard for my repairs. Constanta authorities has launched an investigation into the incident.