The "Maria - GO 20", which had run aground when passing the Slijkgat near Stellendam on Dec 5, 2013, was assisted by the KNRM-boat "Antoinette" from the station Stellendam. The ship had come back early from the North Sea to seek shelter from the NW storm but got stuck near buoy 10 in the Slijkgat. The "Antoinette" left port at 3 p.m. and was quickly on the spot but failed to pull off the trawler due to the strong wind and high waves this time it failed. At 01.00 at night the "Maria" floated off, but went adrift due to rudder damage in the fairway. Though she still had propulsion, she was unable to head for Stellendam. The "Antoinette" quickly returned and made a number of attempts to establish a towing connection. Because of the bad weather with waves 3 to 4 meter high and strong winds, the towing cable snapped several times, while the fishing vessel drifted further and further towards the beach from the Kwade Hoek. After several hours the lifeboat managed to get the fishing vessel into deeper water supported by the propeller of the "Maria". The towing connection broke a number of times, but at 6 a.m. the port of Stellendam was reached. Besides the rudder damage the vessel also had lost one of its anchors.
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On Dec 6, 2013, at 5:20 p.m. the "Elka Athina" suffered engine problems about a mile from the unmanned platform L-7-H. The ship was able to drop two anchors 0.4 nautical miles off the platform. The unloaded ship has 26 people on board. Attempts to repair the machines were on. The Coastguard Centre alarmed a offshore rescue helicopter which went on standby on platform L7P. The position of the "Elka Athina" was 43 nautical miles northwest of Den Helder when it was disabled enroute from Coryton to Ust-Luga. The "Ekla Athina" moves slowly away from the L-7-H . At 6.26 p.m. the main engine was repaired. Before this success, the captain had requested to evacuate 14 of the 26 crew. This operation was stopped at 6.25 p.m.
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On Dec 5, 2013, at 8.30 p.m. the "Alcedo" lost five containers on the Westerscheldt. All traffic between the Deurganck Dock and Flushing was shut down because of the collision risk. Four empty containers and one container loaded with tapioca had fallen into the river. The containers were found later in the evening. They had drifted against the embankment at the Well of Terneuzen so that the block was lifted. The "Alcedo" was en route from the Deurganckdock in Antwerp towards Terneuzen.
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On Dec 6, 2013, at 9.10 a.m. the "Balticborg" reported to the Dutch Coastguard that some trailers had broken lose were sliding around on deck. The captain turned the ship with the bow into the wind, and the crew tried to secure the cargo. The vessel was 13 miles northwest of Vlieland then. The problems could be resolved and the vessel which had left Terneuzen on Dec 5 at 8 p.m. continued the trip to the Södertalje via Kiel Canal.
On Dec 6, 2013, the "Burak Bayraktar" reported the Dutch Coast Guard just after midnight that it was in difficulties due to a power loss and propulsion problems. One hour later the ship with a crew of 17 on board was forced to anchor five miles west of Vlieland. It was en route from Rotterdam to Bremen with a cargo of containers. The Coastguard sent the tug "Ievoli Amaranth" which arrived at 2:45 a.m. At 06.10 a.m. the "Burak Bayraktar" reported that the anchor was dragging, it was drifting towards the Eierlandsche ground, and the master requested the help of the "Ievoli Amaranth" which in vain tried to establish a towing connection. Also the attempt of the tug "Hunter" which proceeded from Terschelling to assist failed. The dragging anchor passed while drifting a gas pipeline in the seabed. In the early afternoon the "Burak Bayraktar" remained in a so far stable position on approximately 4.7 miles west of the lighthouse Eierland - Texel. The "Ievoly Amaranth" returned to Den Helder and was replaced by the "Ginger" from IJmuiden, while the "Hunter" remained on standby. As soon as conditions permit, a towing connection was to be established to take the ship to port. The ship can not continue to Bremen with own power. It had on board a variety of cargo in containers, also hazardous substances like inflammable products were included.
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The "Kennemer" of Rijkswaterstaat broke lose from its Mooring at the pier of Holwerd and drifted eastward in the gale Xaver on Dec 5, where it grounded on the marshes east of the causeway from Holwerd. Four tugs pulled the research vessel off again on Dec 6, and it was taken into the port of Harlingen.
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Repairs of the allision damage at the foreship of the "E.R. Visby" were conpleted by workers of Lindenau Yard in Kiel on Dec 6. The ship was assisted from the North Jetty in the Scheer Port of Kiel at 1 p.m. by the tugs "Kiel" and "Holtenau" and resumed its voyage to St. Petersburg with an ETA of Dec 9, 5 a.m. now.
The "Alsterdijk" got its propeller fouled by a rope on Dec 6, 2013, short past noon during the passage of the southern lock of the Kiel Canal in Brundbüttel. The ship had already received tug assistance so that it could be pushed at the nearby pilings at Ostermoor with the help of a third tug. The lock had to be closed temporarily. The vessel was enroute from St. Petersburg to Antwerp.
The "Lolland" which had entered the port of Rostock on Dec 4, 2013, was found overloaded by 220 tons during a control on Dec 5. The draught was exceeded by 23,4 cm. The ship was detained, the police launched an investigation against the captain.
On Dec 5, 2013, around 1 p.m. the "Pauline Russ" allided with the Brunsbüttel lock in the Kiel Canal. The ship was enroute from Hankö to Tilbury. After investigations the ship was allowed to continue its voyage at 8 p.m. The gate was damaged but could still be used. Also the pierhead was damaged.