In the foremidday of Feb 17, 2018, the "Anthrazit“, 1868 ts (EU-No.: 4004990;), ran aground on the Rhine in Duisburg-Ruhrort. The unloaded shp got stuck at the height of the Rhine Orange at the conjunction with the Ruhr. The cause was unclear. Navigation on the river was not hampered.
German report with photo:
The "Krempertor", enroute from Zeebrugge to Soelvesborg, encountered trouble upon entering the southern lock of the Kiel Canal in Brundsbüttel on Fb 18, 2018,, at 2.53 a.m. The police investigated the incident, and the ship continued the voyage at 3.30 a.m., ETA Soelvesborg Feb 19, 1 p.m.
The RNLI volunteers from both Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig were paged on Feb 18, 2018, at 7:34 a.m. to assist the "CEG Universe" which was disabled with a broken rudder in the Kylerhea narrows. The Kyle lifeboat "Spirit of Fred. Olsen" launched at 7:44 a.m. and made best speed towards the vessel, which was using its anchor to try and hold position in the very strong tidal currents through the narrows. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 7:53 a.m. and put crew members aboard the stricken vessel to assess the situation, whilst awaiting the arrival of the larger Mallaig Severn class lifeboat.
Due to the eight knots of tide which runs through the channel, and the fact that the vessel’s rudder was jammed full to port, it was decided to wait for a tug to assist with the tow. Whilst awaiting on the arrival of the "SD Kyle of Lochalsh" from the BUTEC base in Kyle, the vessel’s anchor brake failed and it began to drift backwards. The Mallaig and Kyle lifeboats took the cargo vessel under tow and held it against the current until the tug arrived on scene at 10:15 a.m.
The "SD Kyle of Lochalsh" and the two lifeboats then manoeuvred the vessel through the Narrows and towed it into Kyle Harbour at 12:10 p.m. The lifeboats were then stood down and Kyle lifeboat returned to station to be refuelled and made ready for service.
Report with photos: