The 67 meter long self-propelled barge Hanna collided with the 82 meter long self-propelled barge Weser on the Elbe-Side Canal near Bad Bevensen, Germany. The Weser loaded with 1300 tons of wheat struck head-on with the coal laden Hanna. The Hanna sustained bow damage with a 1.5 meter long hole. The Hanna was unable to control the flooding and the bow submerged, but the entire vessel was in no danger of sinking. The Weser also sustained damage to its bow with a hole above the waterline. No reports of injuries. The fire brigade at Bad Bevensen responded to the scene. They placed booms around the vessels as some small amount of oil was released.
Reports state a dredger was requested to help refloat the Hanna. Some 800 tons of coal will have to be lightered before the bow can be pumped-out. The Hanna is to be towed to a nearby berth 1.5 kilometers away so a temporary patch can be completed before the Hanna proceeds on to a shipyard.
The 187 meter long, 40850 dwt bulk freighter Star Fuji became disabled on the Weser River near Kleinensiel, Germany. The Star Fuji was headed toward the North Sea when it suffered engine failure. The vessel went adrift in the strong current towards shore. Two tugs came to the assistance and towed the freighter to Bremerhaven. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The water police launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the vessel’s fuel system had been improperly maintained causing the vessel engine to fail. The crew made repairs and the vessel left port later the same day.
The 88 meter long, 3600 dwt freighterWittenbergen and the 79 meter long, 2131 dwt freighter Helga collided in dense fog on the Weser River near Brake, Germany. The Wittenbergen struck the Helga causing minor damage to both vessels. No reports of injuries on either vessel. The Helga proceeded to Bremen where it berthed while the Wittenbergen proceeded to Brake. The water police launched an investigation into the incident. Initial reports stated the master of the Wittenbergen had misjudge the current which caused the freighter to veer into the Helga.