The 107 meter long self-propelled barge Sonja allided with the Friedrich-Ebert Bridge over the Rhine river near Duisburg-Ruhrort, Germany. The Sonja was passing under the bridge when it’s aft crane boom struck the underside of the bridge. The crane was bent backwards and a cable run underneath the bridge was torn off. No reports of injuries. Traffic was halted until the bridge could be inspected for damage. Authorities have detained the Sonja while it conducts an investigation. Reports state the vessel was en route to Antwerp.
The 80 meter long self-propelled barge Marlesri went aground on the Ruhr near Duisburg, Germany. The Marlesri, loaded with scrap, was en route from the Netherlands when it touched bottom suffering hull damage in the bow. The Marlesri suffered water ingress and the vessel’s pumps were unable to keep up with the flooding. The crew requested assistance with the local fire brigade responding. Divers were dispatched and temporary repairs along with a dewatering pump brought the flooding under control. The Marlesri proceeded then to Duisburg where it unloaded its cargo of scrap metal.