The 59 meter long tanker Bergen Troll allided with the 30 meter long barge Hörn 20 in the port of Kiel, Germany. The Bergen Troll had suffered a technical fault with the steering causing the the tanker to strike the moored barge. Both vessels sustained significant damage. The Bergen Troll was detained by the water police until an investigation could be completed over the incident. Another barge was dispatched to the replace the Hörn 20. Reports state the Bergen Troll was permitted to continue on its voyage to Rostock a few days later. No reports of injuries.
The 128 meter long cargo vessel Sea Leader allided with the tanker SVL Unity in the Kerch Strait at the port of Kavkaz, Russia. The Sea Leader was departing from Kavkaz with 4300 tons of sunflower for Izmir, Turkey when it struck the berthed SVL Unity. Both vessels sustained only minor damage, but were detained in the port until surveys could be completed. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On December 8, the 66 foot long towboat Ricky Robinson sank on the Mississippi River off Mud Island near Memphis, Tennessee. It is unclear what caused the towboat to sink. The Coast Guard was notified and begun a search and rescue operation for the two people on board. A search by local authorities and the Coast Guard were unable to locate the two crew.
However, authorities were able to find the Ricky Robinson which now rests on the bottom in 65 feet of water. The owners of the vessel state they will salvage the towboat. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.