Bridge Sensation

The 135 meter long container / self-propelled barge Sensation allided with the Willems Bridge on the New Maas River at Rotterdam, Netherlands.  The vessel attempted to pass under the bridge, but the empty containers contacted the bridge, broke free and fell overboard.  Several containers were towed to a nearby quay while others sank.  The bridge was closed to vehicle traffic while inspectors checked the bridge for damage.   No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released.  Reports state the master of the Sensation misjudged the clearance as the direct cause of the allision.  Authorities have started an investigation into the incident.

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Sirrah

The 132 meter long, 8446 dwt container ship Sirrah allided with the tug Vorwarts on the Kiel Canal at Brunsbüttel, Germany.  The Sirrah had just entered the canal from the lock when it suffered an engine failure allowing the vessel to go adrift.   The crew attempted to do an emergency anchoring, but the Sirrah continued until it struck the moored Vorwarts.   The tug’s hull was dented resulting with an auxiliary engine being torn from its mounts.  No reports of injuries or pollution being released.  Tugs towed the Sirrah to a nearby quay.  The water police is conducting an investigation into the incident.  Reports state the engine failure on the Sirrah was due to a problem with the lubrication oil system.

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Phoenix J

Photo: MRCC

The 151 meter long, 13200 dwt container ship Phoenix J ran aground in the Gulf of Bothnia near Rauma, Finland.  The Phoenix J suffered hull damage with water ingress into ballast tanks and cargo holds.   No reports of injuries or pollution being released.   Divers was only able to inspect part of the hull as the vessel remains firmly aground on the rocky bottom.  The MRCC has a vessel standing by in case the crew need to evacuate the vessel.   Salvagers plan to pump out water before attempting to refloat the vessel    The boxship had left Rauma loaded with containers bound for Gävle, Sweden before going aground in 5 meters of water.

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