The 30 meter long towboat Austin C. Settoon allided with Racine Locks and Dam on the Ohio River near Meigs County, Ohio. The Austin C. Settoon was proceeding with three barges loaded with heating oil when one barge broke free at the lock chamber. The towboat and the remaining two barges were pulled by the current and pushed up against the dam.
No reports of injuries and no reports of damage to the vessel or dam. All three barges remain intact and no pollution was released. The Austin C. Settoon and barges will be pull free when the river level recedes the following day.
The 70 meter long self-propelled barge Diana Maria ran aground on the Danube near Ruckasing, Germany. The Diana Maria was headed to Straubing from Novi Sad with 1600 tons of soy when it passed on the wrong side of a navigation buoy and ran aground off the fairway.
Reports state the Diana Maria was refloated the next day with the water police and local authorities on scene. The barge proceeded to Deggendorf where the vessel was inspected for damage. Initial investigation revealed the master of the Diana Maria did not immediately report of the grounding and attempted to free itself causing gravel warping. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 30 meter long passenger vessel Großer Michel ran aground on the Elbe near Hamburg, Germany. The Großer Michel was charted out for a voyage along the Rissen shoreline with 54 passengers. While off Falkensteiner Ufer, the passenger ship suffered a technical fault and ran aground.
The crew alerted the port authorities that the vessel was aground. The Großer Michel attempted to free itself on the receding tide, but quickly found itself high and dry. Vessels from the water police and local fire brigade arrived on scene a short time later and safely evacuated all the passengers off the vessel. No reports of injuries.
Reports state the Großer Michel was to be refloated on the next high tide. The vessel was to be surveyed for damage. The water police have launched an investigation into the incident.