The 85 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Nicole Burmester ran aground on the Western Scheldt near Terneuzen, Netherlands. The tanker had departed from Antwerp when it mistook a buoy for a harbor light and stranded on a submerged breakwater. The crew requested assistance with multiple tugs responding. The tugs were able to pull the Nicole Burmester free. The tugs then escorted the tanker to the port of Terneuzen. There it berthed and authorities had divers inspect the hull for damage. No reports of injuries. The incident is under investigation.
The 244 meter long, 107505 dwt tanker Maria Bottiglieri ran aground on the Western Scheldt near Borssele, Netherlands. The tanker was headed for Antwerp from the United States when it suffered a mechanical failure and ran aground. Fully loaded, the Maria Bottiglieri was unable to refloat itself and requested assistance. Three tugs were dispatched to the scene and were able to refloat the tanker a few hours later.
The Maria Bottiglieri was escorted to a nearby anchorage for further inspection. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 225 meter long, 68789 dwt bulk carrier Usolie collided with the 188 meter long, 40600 dwt tanker Seatrout on the Western Scheldt near Bath, Netherlands. Both vessels were headed downstream from Antwerp in ballast with the Seatrout headed for Ust-Luga while the Usolie was bound for Klaipeda. The Seatrout had not maintained enough distance where the channel narrowed and was struck at the stern by the Usolie. The Usolie sustained only minor damage and was allowed to continue on its voyage. The Seatrout was nudged out of the fairway and went aground on a mud bank. The vessel requested assistance with 4 tugs responding. The tugs waited until high tide before pulling the Seatrout free. Traffic was halted for vessels over 200 meters long and fishing was prohibited during the incident.
The Seatrout was towed to Vlissingen for inspection for damage. No reports of injuries on either vessel.