The 100 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Eiltank 24 went aground on the Rhine near Birsfelden, Switzerland. The Eiltank 24 was proceeding on the Rhine with 1800 tons of heavy oil when it struck bottom after locking through Birsfelden. The tanker-barge had sustained damage to its outer hull and proceeded to secure itself along the riverbank until authorities could arrive. Traffic was halted on the Rhine in the Basel area until the Eiltank 24 could be fully inspected.
Reports state the inner hull of the Eiltank 24 had not been damaged and no pollution had been released. No reports of injuries. Authorities have stated an investigation has been launched into the incident.