Volgo Don 203

Volgo Don 203

On December 3, the 138 meter long, 5859 dwt cargo vessel Volgo Don 203 ran aground and partially sank in the Sea of Marmara near Kartal, Turkey. The cargo vessel was caught in a storm while passing through the Istanbul channel and was pushed up on the channel embankment. The Volgo Don 203 sustained several hull breaches near the stern resulting in water ingress. The engine room completely flooded causing the vessel to partially sink. All 14 crew on board were able to be evacuated by local authorities. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the Volgo Don 203  will be salvaged.

Hanni

Hanni

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The 118 meter long container ship Hanni ran aground on the Elbe near Mühlenberger Hole, Germany. The Hanni departed Hamburg for Bremerhaven and was heading to the North Sea when it suffered engine failure while between Blankenese and Finkenwerder.  The Hanni drifted before running aground near the south shore.

Hanni

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A tug was dispatched and was unable to refloat the boxship.  A second attempt failed to free the Hanni even with an additional tug and the rising tide.  The Hanni was finally freed 12 hours later with four tugs. The Hanni proceeded to Hamburg. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. 

Bellatrix

Bellatrix

The 114 meter long cargo vessel Bellatrix ran aground in the Azov Sea near Yeysk, Russia. The Bellatrix was departing from Yeysk with a cargo of 3298 tons of corn when it blown out of the navigation channel and ran aground. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Bellatrix was later refloated with the aid of multiple tugs and proceeded to moor at a nearby outer anchorage.

Fedjefjord

Fedjefjord

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On November 22, the 64 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Fedjefjord ran aground off Sævrøy, Norway. The ferry was on its scheduled route when it grounded a few meters from the pier at Sævrøy. The ferry’s keel and propellers sustained damage resulting in hydraulic oil to be released. No reports of injuries to the five passengers and seven crew on board.  All the passengers were later safely evacuated by rescue boats to shore. Authorities placed booms around the Fedjefjord to contain the pollution.

Fedjefjord

Photo: bt.no

The following day the ferry was pulled free by a tug and towed to Laksevåg to unload vehicles before proceeding to Bergen for repairs. Reports state the propeller had broken off the vessel and remained on the sea floor. 

Barbara Blomberg

Barbara Blomberg

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The 186 meter long towboat/barge Barbara Blomberg with another barge loaded with 2758 tons of sunflower seed ran around on the Danube near Osterhofen, Deggendorf, Germany. The vessels were headed to Amsterdam from Slovakia when strong currents pulled the Barbara Blomberg onto the embankment.  No reports of injuries to the six crew, damage or pollution released. Traffic was halted on the river around the vessel. Reports state the barge will be lightered before it can be refloated.