In the foremidday of Jan 28, 2015, the "Melvin" allided with a railway bridge spanning the Rhein-Herne-Canal in Duisburg-Meiderich. The ship was passing the locks around 11 a.m. when the 52 year old master got inattentive and hit the bridge with his ship which was carrying 541 tons of cargo. The bridge was closed for one hour during which she was inspected and found to have remained undamaged. The master of the vessel suffered a shock and had to be medically treated. The ship was barred from sailing as it had lost the antennas which were necessary for navigation.
On Jan 24, 2015, at 3.45 p.m. the "Maria Deymann" suffered an engine failure on the Weser at river km 274,2 underneath of Nienburg in the Balge-Community. The ship which was loaded with 1100 tons oil could be emergency anchored near the Marina Mehlbergen with both bow anchors. But as the danger remained that the barge could be pushed against stones below the water the traffic control informed the water and shipping authority Nienburg. After another barge tried in vain to take the casualty in tow, the work boat "Stolzenau" (MMSI: 211516780) and the pusher boat "Büffel" (MMSI: 21102208) were dispatched from their moorings north of Verden, which reached the tanker on Jan 25 around noon. They connected to the ship and pushed it to a wharf in Nienburg,where it was safely moored. Weser traffic in the affected region was completely barred during the transit.
German report with photo:
South Korea began an underwater probe to decide whether to lift up the "Sewol". According to the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, a 2,000-tonne barge Hyundai Boryung carrying experts from Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology and Advanced Underwater Surveys, was sent to the location where the ferry sank 3,3 km north of Jindo in the South Jeolla Province. The team was using a multibeam echo sounder to videotape the hull of the ferry in a water depth of 37 meters to make a 3-D video based on the recorded data until Jan 28. The Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology was investigating how the ferry sank and check if the ferry was embedded in the seabed. Other factors such as the changes of the hull caused by water pressure and location change affected by tidal current were to be studied as well. Once the investigation of the hull was completed, acoustic doppler current profilers would be installed in the directions of north, south, east and west with the ferry at the centre to measure the tidal current at the accident spot for four weeks. The decision whether to hoist up the ferry would be made by the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters after considering technical issues and collecting public opinion.
On Nov 27 the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries established a task force consisting of 23 experts to prepare the underwater probe. The investigation report will come out in March and the final decision will be confirmed afterwards.