On June 3, the 73 meter long self-propelled barge Tecla struck a bridge over the Rhine-Herne Canal at Duisburg-Oberhausen, Germany. The Tecla was proceeding with just ballast after unloading its cargo in Gelsenkirchen. As the barge passed under the Strekrade Road Bridge, the vessel’s wheelhouse struck the bridge.
The wheelhouse was demolished with the roof torn off and falling into the water. Luckily, the three crew on board were uninjured. The bridge sustained no damage. The water police has detained the Tecla while it undergoes repairs and authorities conduct an investigation. Reports state damage to the Tecla is estimated to be 30,000 €.