The 86 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Piz Ela collided a barge on the Rhine near Eich, Germany. The Piz Ela wsa proceeding from Mainz with a cargo of caustic soda when it struck a barge loaded with gravel. The gravel barge sustained heavy damage and suffered water ingress at the bow. The Piz Ela sustained hull damage, but no release of the cargo. The local fire brigades were alerted and arrived on scene to find the gravel barge partially sunk. Dewatering pumps were deployed and kept the gravel barge afloat. Rescuers found the master of the Piz Ela was slightly injured by the collision and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Authorities were able to place temporary patches on both vessels. Another barge arrived to help lighter the gravel cargo. Reports state the master of the Piz Ela had no license and lack the necessary number of crew on board to operate. The tanker-barge was detained until a licensed master could take over the voyage. The water police has launched an investigation into the incident.
On January 28, the 170 foot long, 746 gt towboat Washington with 15 barges allided with the Interstate I-275 Carrol Lee Cropper Road Bridge on the Ohio River near Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Around 4 a.m. the Washington was proceeding slowly upriver with 15 barges loaded with coal when it struck the bridge. Some of the barges broke free and drifted back downstream. Nearby towboats came to the assistance and were able to retrieve all the barges. Reports state some of the barges sustained water ingress and required pumps to dewater.
Traffic remained open on the bridge. A later inspection by Kentucky authorities found no damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On January 11, the 72 meter long, 980 gt ro-ro passenger ferry Gay Head allided with a construction barge at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The ferry was backing into the terminal when strong winds caused the Gay Head to strike the barge. The barge and ferry only sustained light cosmetic damage. No reports of injuries. The Coast Guard made an inspection of the Gay Head and allowed it to resume service later the same day.