On July 11, the 138 meter long, 12744 dwt cargo vessel Alanis and the 136 meter long, 14001 dwt cargo vessel Florence Spirit collided on the Welland Canal near the anchorage off Port Robinson. Both vessels were passing each other when they struck on their starboard sides and sustained significant damage. The Florence Spirit was driven up on the west bank while the Alanis ended up on the east bank. Reports state no reports of injuries or pollution released on either vessel.
The Florence Spirit loaded with coal while the Alanis was loaded with a cargo of wind turbines. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Vessels on the Welland Canal typically pass on port not starboard.
On August 5, the 43 meter long, 338 gt schooner Empire Sandy collided with the 150 meter long, 16622 dwt bulk carrier Ina in Lock 8 of the Welland Canal near Port Colborne, Ontario. The Empire Sandy had entered the canal after strong winds had diverted it from a scheduled cruise on Lake Erie. While in the Lock 8, the Empire Sandy struck the lock wall before running into the stern of the Ina. The Ina was undamaged and there were no reports of injuries. The Ina proceeded on its voyage while the Empire Sandy was inspected for damage. Reports later state the schooner sustained no damage.
The 152 meter long, 8,388 tonne cargo vessel Lena J allided with a bridge in the Welland Canal at Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. The Lena J was en route to Burns Harbor, Indiana from Montreal when it struck Bridge 19. The vessel and bridge sustained damage. Traffic on the bridge was halted until it could be inspected. The Lena J was able to proceed to Colborne where it later berthed and inspected for damaged. No reports of injuries and no pollution was released.