On March 9, the 100 meter long self-propelled barge Thekla allided with a jetty on the Rhine at Colonia-Niehl, Germany. The Thekla was proceeding on the Rhine in high water when it struck the submerged jetty. The barge sustained damage to its starboard bow with water ingress in the forward cabin and bow thruster room. Still under its own power, the Thekla proceeded to the basin in Niehl. Local fire brigade were alerted and begun dewatering efforts with portable pumps. A fireboat arrived on scene and monitored the situation.
The following day another barge was arrived on scene and help unload the cargo of aluminum hydroxide to help keep the vessel higher in the water. No reports of injuries or pollution released.