The self propelled tank barge Anka spilled fuel at Elbe-Side-Canal between Luder and Gannerwinkel in Germany. The barge was coming from Scharnebeck, but suffered leak in a fuel tank and caused environment pollution. The crew reacted immediately and pumped out the remaining fuel from the captured tank to a undamaged one and prevented additional leaks. The local authorities and water police were informed about the accident and at the scene of the fuel leak was dispatched hazmat team. The fuel spot was surrounded by oil booms and traffic in vicinity was closed during the cleaning operations.
The self propelled tank barge Anka was towed to the port of Witting, where was inspected by divers. It was estimated the ship had breaches of the bottom and needed of urgent repairs. After the breach was patched, the vessel will be inspected and fined for the water pollution. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way, but according to the preliminary information the vessel hit undefined underwater object, which caused the breach.
The self propelled tank barge Anka has overall length of 85.00 m, moulded beam of 10.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m.