The 110 meter long self-propelled barge Euroshipping One and the 176 meter long self-propelled barge Panta Rhei 2 ran aground on the Danube near Irlbach, Germany. Both barges were proceeding from Linz bound for Regensburg each with a cargo of sand. When off Irlbach, the barges got stuck on a gravel bar.
The Panta Rhei 2 was unable to free itself and will require lightered and a rise of the water level to be released. Authorities state that low water level on the river was a leading cause for the grounding. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On July 22, the 80 meter long self-propelled barge Katarina ran aground on the Danube near Straubing, Germany. The Katarina, loaded with 350 tons of sunflower seeds, was en route to Regensburg when it ran aground on a gravel bank in shallow water. River currents swung the barge around leaving it perpendicular to the river. Authorities were alerted and dispatched a response team to the scene. A dredger was dispatched to the scene the next day to release the Katarina. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 86 meter long self-propelled barge Achim ran aground on the Danube near Wilshofen-Wieshof, Germany. The Achim departed from Vislhofen with 1000 tons of fertilizer when it encountered dense fog. The vessel veered out of the fairway and drove up into the shallows. The Achim suffered outer hull breaches and water ingress, but the inner hull remained intact. The water police and the local fire brigade were alerted and arrived on scene a short time later. Their efforts help dewatering and salvage of the Achim. No reports of injuries or pollution released.