On June 18, the 66 meter long passenger ship Asbach allided with a pier on the Rhine near Boppard, Germany. The Asbach was en route to Koblenz from Rüdesheim with 100 passengers when it was attempting to berth at Boppard. The first attempt to berth was unsuccessful and when the vessel maneovered it smashed into the pier with its bow. The pier was torn away from its anchorage and the Asbach pulled away going downstream. The Asbach then struck bottom as it avoided striking another vessel berthed along the shoreline. The passenger ship proceeded to Koblenz where it finally berthed. The water police found the master to be intoxicated. The Asbach had suffered some dents and breaches in the hull, but was allowed to continue on its voyage the following day with a new master. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state damage was estimated to be around 40,000 €.
On June 14, the 157 foot long towboat Joyce Hale was pushing eight barges on the Illinois River when two barges struck the containment wall at the Starved Rock dam near Utica, Illinois. Four barges broke free with two barges quickly recovered, but two others floated down until they came to rest parallel against the dam. The Joyce Hale recovered the two barges later the same day. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Traffic along the waterway was halted until the barges could be recovered.
- 2 barges stuck on Illinois River in North Utica (abc7chicago.com)
- UPDATE: Coast Guard responds after barges hit dam protection wall, break free from tug (uscgnews.com)