On April 19, the 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Admiral allided with a bridge over the Van Starkenborgh Canal near Groningen, Netherlands. As the tanker-barge passed under the Tafel Bridge, the wheelhouse struck the bridge. The wheelhouse was destroyed, but the master of the Admiral was uninjured. He was able to secure the vessel to the shore after the allision. Authorities were alerted and launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the canal traffic was halted only a few hours during the investigation.
The 110 meter long self-propelled barge Werchina caught fire while berthed along the Waal at IJzendoorn, Netherlands. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room and the local fire brigade was alerted. Firefighters and a fireboat arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze. Damage to the Werchina was limited to the engine room. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 767 foot long, 25345 dwt self-unloading bulk carrier Kaye E. Barker became stranded in ice on Lake Superior near Picnic Rocks. The bulk carrier was en route to the ore dock in Marquette when it became stuck in thick ice. The vessel requested assistance with the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw arriving the following day and broke up the ice around the Kaye E. Barker allowing the vessel to continue on its voyage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state strong winds earlier in the week had compressed the ice field.