The 66 meter long self-propelled barge Penhoet sank on the Schelde River near Bornem, Belgium. The Penhoet was headed to Valencienne Weert from Ghent when it veered out of the navigation channel and struck a bridge pillar. The barge sustained hull damage and suffered water ingress in the bow. Unable to stop the flooding, the master of the Penhoet drove the barge onto a sandbank before it partially sank.
Local authorities were alerted and rescued three persons off the Penhoet. No reports of injuries. Authorities attempted to refloat the Penhoet, but the flooding could not be stopped. The Penhoet completed sank beneath the water on the rising tide. Reports state the vessel shall be salvaged on the next low tide. No reports of pollution released.
The 30 meter long towboat Austin C. Settoon allided with Racine Locks and Dam on the Ohio River near Meigs County, Ohio. The Austin C. Settoon was proceeding with three barges loaded with heating oil when one barge broke free at the lock chamber. The towboat and the remaining two barges were pulled by the current and pushed up against the dam.
No reports of injuries and no reports of damage to the vessel or dam. All three barges remain intact and no pollution was released. The Austin C. Settoon and barges will be pull free when the river level recedes the following day.
The 210 meter long, 7000 dwt passenger cruise ship Seabourn Encore allided with the 118 meter long, 8465 dwt cement carrier Milburn Carrier II at Timaru, New Zealand. The Seabourn Encore had been moored at Timaru as passengers were returning from a windy day ashore. The strong winds with gusts reaching up to 45 knots caused all four stern mooring lines to snap.
The other mooring lines broke as winds pushed the Seabourn Encore away from the quay and across the harbor. The cruise ship eventually reach the other side of the harbor and struck the berthed Milburn Carrier II. The Milburn Carrier II and the Seabourn Encore sustained hull damage. The Seabourn Encore continue to drift and struck the opposite wharf. No reports of injuries.
Reports state the Seabourn Encore was detained while Maritime New Zealand and local authorities investigate the incident. Both the Milburn Carrier II and Seabourn Encore will be surveyed for damages.