The 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Excalibur ran aground on the Rhine near Cologne, Germany. The Excalibur was doing a turn when it’s bow thruster failed and the barge ran aground against the river bank. Another barge was able to pull the Excalibur free a few hours later. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Excalibur was taken to Mülheim for inspection.
The 172 meter long self-propelled barge Maranta I and the barge Maranta II went aground on the Rhine near Cologne, Germany. The vessel attempted to refloat itself, the two vessels seperated. The Maranta II drifted and collided with the 103 meter long passenger ship River Cloud 2. The River Cloud 2 suffered minor scrapes and bent radar. Traffic halted on the river until a dredger arrived on scene and lightered some cargo. The Maranta was en route from Bonn with a cargo of soy. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 110 meter long self-propelled tanker Emma went aground on the Rhine near Cologne, Germany due to low tide. Ten minutes later the the 86 meter long self-propelled tanker Newton went aground a short distance away. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Newton was loaded with 1543 tons of petroleum while the Emma was loaded with 1800 tons of diesel. The container barge Henri R later attempted to pull the Emma free. The outcome was not reported. The vessels may required to be lightered before other attempts are made.