The 105 meter long self-propelled barge Walhalla ran aground on the River Main near Würzburg, Germany. The Walhalla was en route to Neuss from Würzburg when the vessel made a navigation error while passing under a bridge. Taking the wrong path, the Walhalla ran aground in shallow water. Authorities were alerted and found the Walhalla had sustained no damage. A workboat was requested and was able to release the Walhalla later the same day. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
On January 27, the 85 meter long, 2401 dwt cargo vessel Oak ran aground on the Göta River near Lilla Edet, Sweden. The Oak was en route to Hällekis from Liepaja with a cargo of wheat when it suffered a technical fault with its rudder and went aground. The bow of the Oak sustained damage. The hull had cracked allowing water ingress.
Authorities were alerted and dispatched a response team to the scene. Dewatering pumps were brought on board the Oak to control the flooding and the cargo vessel was refloated. The Oak proceeded to a nearby pier where inspectors could survey the vessel. Divers made temporary repairs to the bow allowing the Oak to continue on its voyage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On January 21, the 124 meter long, 12480 dwt tanker Oriental Nadeshiko ran aground on the Elbe River near Cuxhaven, Germany. The Oriental Nadeshiko had some 9,000 metric tons of dangerous or toxic chemicals on board when the tanker suffered a technical fault. Unable to steer the Oriental Nadeshiko veered off the fairway and ran aground on a sandbank.
Authorities were alerted and dispatched a team to the site. A survey found the Oriental Nadeshiko had sustained no damage and no pollution had been released. Five tugs were dispatched and were able to refloat the Oriental Nadeshiko later the same day. No reports of injuries.