On December 8, the 66 foot long towboat Ricky Robinson sank on the Mississippi River off Mud Island near Memphis, Tennessee. It is unclear what caused the towboat to sink. The Coast Guard was notified and begun a search and rescue operation for the two people on board. A search by local authorities and the Coast Guard were unable to locate the two crew.
However, authorities were able to find the Ricky Robinson which now rests on the bottom in 65 feet of water. The owners of the vessel state they will salvage the towboat. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 109 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Viktoria Jaegers and the 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Enjoy collided on the Rhine near Weißenthurm, Germany. The Viktoria Jaegers was en route to Karlsruhe from Rotterdam when it attempt to berth near the Enjoy. As the tanker barge passed the berthed Enjoy, the Enjoy’s mooring lines snapped. The Enjoy drifted away from the berth and collided with the Viktoria Jaegers and another tanker barge. All three vessels sustained minor damage with the Enjoy sustained dents to its bow. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the master of one of the tanker-barges was attempting to load a motor vehicle during the incident.