On September 23, the 80 meter long self-propelled barge Ilaria ran aground on the Danube near Mülham, Germany. The Ilaria was headed to Straubing from Vilshofen with 811 tons of quartz sand when it veered off course after a navigation mistake. The barge struck hard aground at the bow. No reports of injuries. An initial attempt by a pusher tug to refloat the Ilaria failed. A few days later the self-propelled barge Raphaela arrived on scene and lightered part of the cargo of quartz sand. No reports of pollution released.