On June 18, the 40 meter long passenger ship Austria Princess collided with the 73 meter long passenger ship Schönbrunn on the Danube near Dürnstein, Austria. The Schönbrunn was on a cruise from Krems to Dürnstein and back when it suffered rudder failure near Dürnstein. The vessel dropped anchor, but the current cause the anchor to drag allowing the Schönbrunn to gradually drift downstream. The Schönbrunn send out warning alerts to other vessels, but the Austria Princess proceeded towards the disabled Schönbrunn. The Austria Princess continued its approach from astern when it struck on its starboard side into the stern of the Schönbrunn. The Schönbrunn sustained damage to its bulwark and deck while more damage including shattered windows on the Austria Princess. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The Austria Princess proceeded to Krems where it was able to berth with some difficulty before continuing on to Linz for repairs. The Schönbrunn remained in Dürnstein to be inspected. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 136 meter long towboat Segesta and its two barges were underway on the Danube near Strudengau, Austria when the barges suffered water ingress. The barges loaded with 800 tons of gravel had sprung a leak and begun to fill with water. The barges were secured to the shore and the local fire brigade was requested. The fire brigades from Nabegg and Neustadtl responded with dewatering pumps. Another barge was requested to aid with lightering the cargo of gravel. No reports of injuries.
On December 12, the 113 meter long passenger ship Primadonna allided with a bridge on the Danube in the lock at Aschach an der Donau, Austria. The Primadonna had entered the lock at too high of speed and was unable to slow down before it struck the bridge. The impact caused the bridge to break off its foundation and crash onto the Primadonna’s upper deck. The lock system sustained damage and require repairs. No reports of injuries. Reports state the Primadonna was to be taken to a shipyard in Linz for repairs.