On December 25, the 63 meter long passenger vessel Pure Liner 2 sank on the Rhine at Cologne, Germany. The Pure Liner 2 had been moored along a quay when it became stuck when the water level rose on the river. The vessel sustained water ingress and partially sank leaving only part of its upper deck above water. No reports of injuries.
Reports state the Pure Liner 2 will be raised and salvage costs could exceed 100,000 €.
On August 31, the 90 meter long passenger vessel Rheinenergie ran aground on the Rhine near Cologne, Germany. The vessel was maneuvering when it touched bottom. Several passengers on board were thrown off their feet or landed awkwardly on the deck. Six were taken to hospital for injuries. Reports state the low water levels on the Rhine were the cause of the grounding. Authorities inspected the vessel the following day and went back into service. No reports of damage or pollution released.
On August 20, the 110 meter long river passenger vessel Douce France ran aground on the Rhine off Cologne, Germany. The Douce France was on a voyage from Koblenz to Amsterdam with 97 passengers and 28 crew when it approached Cologne. As the cruise ship was attempting to berth, it grounded at the bow. Unable to free itself, the crew requested assistance with the self-propelled barge Millennium responding. Authorities blocked traffic on the Rhine while the Millennium pulled the Douce France free.
No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the cause of the grounding was due to the low water levels.