The 80 meter long self-propelled tanker barge Doina ran aground on the Rhine River near Nonnenwerth, Germany. The tanker had grounded off the tip of the island Freizuschleppen heavily ladden with a cargo of diesel fuel. Unable to free itself, the crew requested assistance. Another vessel attached a towline and tried to pull the Doina free, but the towline snapped. Several other attempts to refloat the tanker also failed. A lighter was requested before another attempt would be made. The tanker Yvonne arrived on scene the following day and offloaded some 500 tons of diesel fuel. Afterwards, the Doina was pulled free by the tug Pilot. Both vessels proceeded to Brohl for inspection. The water police has launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the cause of the grounding was due to a navigational error.
The 60 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Fueltrans 4 caught fire on the Wihelmina Canal near Tilburg, Netherlands. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room from an electrical short. The local fire brigade was called and assisted the crew to extinguish the blaze. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Fueltrans 4 was in ballast only.
On August 2, 2014, the 160 meter long ro-ro ferry C-K Star allided with a quay as it attempted to berth in Lianyungang, China. The ferry was entering the port from Pyeongtaek, South Korea with 104 passengers and 49 crew. As it approached the berth, the vessel suffered a power blackout. Unable to slow down, the C-K Star slam into the berth. The bow sustained severe damage with it by partially stoved-in. One crewman was injured. No reports of pollution released. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.