Category Archives: Grounding

Johanna Josephine

Johanna Josephine

The 38 meter long suction hopper dredger Johanna Josephine ran aground and sank near the GDF Suez power plant in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.  The dredger had struck a submerged piling of the cooling water outlet just as the vessel was about to unload its cargo of stones. The Johanna Josephine hull was breached and the dredger suffered water ingress. The dredger flooded and sank leaving only the deck excavator and the stern visible.  No reports of injuries.  A DGzRS lifeboat and water police boat responded to the incident. Divers sealed the leak and the Johanna Josephine was refloated.  The cargo of stone was lightered off before the dredger was towed to a shipyard in Wilhelmshaven.

Skawa

Skawa

On November 15, the 144 meter long bulk carrier Skawa ran aground on a shoal in the St. Lawrence River near Richards Point.  The Skawa was heading downstream  when it suffered main engine failure.  The bulk carrier passed over the shoal before it came to rest in deeper water.  The vessel’s forepeak tank was holed and suffered water ingress.  No reports of injuries or pollution released. The crew pumped air into the tank and brought the water ingress under control.  The Skawa had been en route to Montreal from Port Colborne.

Land Wursten

Land Wursten
Photo: nwzoline.de

The 20 meter long fishing vessel Land Wursten ran aground just oustide the port of Wremen, Germany.  The fishing boat was attempting to enter the port during low tide and went aground. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.  The Land Wursten remained high and dry until the following rising tide.  The vessel was later refloated.