On February 20, the 48 meter long self-propelled barge Concordia sprung a leak while in a lock on the Rhine near Heveadorp, Netherlands. Loaded with 300 tons of sand and 125 tons of gravel, the Concordia suffered water ingress from a crack in the foreship hull. The forward engine room flooded so the master of the barge moved his vessel to the side of the lock and requested assistance. The local fire brigade arrived with dewatering pumps. With the pumps, the crew was able to dewater the compartment allowing for repairs to patch the hull. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the Concordia may have been struck by another vessel exiting the lock.
The 119 meter long, 1198 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Mobi Niki struck an obstruction near Isola Palmaiola, Italy. The Mobi Niki was en route to Portoferraio from Piombino with 138 passengers when it struck an unknown object in the water. The ferry sustained hull damage, but was able to continue on its voyage to Portoferraio. The ferry arrived in the port and was able to disembark all passengers and vehicles on board. No reports of injuires. Authorities placed booms around the hull while the Mobi Niki undergoes inspection. Authorities have also launched an investigation into the incident.
On October 14, the 105 meter long self-propelled barge Con Dios sustained damage while moored on the Rhine near Bingen, Germany. The Con Dios had been strucky by another vessel during the early morning hours. The Con Dios sustained hull damage including water ingress in the cargo hold, but the vessel’s pumps were able to control the flooding.
The Con Dios proceeded to Bingen where a diver was able to make temporary repairs. Reports state the Con Dios was headed to Rotterdam from Mannheim with 1250 tons of potash. No reports of injuries.