On February 6, the 73 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Talo ran aground on the Elbe River near Coswig, Germany. The Talo was proceeding with 1000 tons of urea when it’s rudder became fouled. Unable to steer the Talo ran aground near the riverbank.
Authorities were alerted and surveyed the barge for damage. A lighter was dispatched to the scene. The Talo was unloaded and refloated the following day. Reports state the Talo was towed to a shipyard in Aken for repairs. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 80 meter long self-propelled barge Nawa 9 broke-in-two and sank on the Elbe at Hamburg, Germany. The Nawa 9 was loading a cargo of iron silicate near the Norder Elbe Bridge when the vessel suffered structural failure in the cargo hold.
The hull cracked and quickly flooded forcing the three crew to jump overboard. The Nawa 9 partially sank with only part of the bow and wheelhouse above water. No reports of injuries.
The local fire brigade was alerted. The brigade placed booms around the wreck to contain any pollution released. Reports state the water police halted traffic around the wreck.
On October 20, the 80 meter long self-propelled barge Taifun allided with a bridge over the Elbe River near Hamburg, Germany. The Taifun was passing under the bridge when the wheelhouse struck the bridge span. The Taifun’s wheelhouse was destroyed and one crewman suffered slight injuries. The crewman was later taken to hospital. The bridge sustained a dent, but no structural damage was found during an inspection. Reports state the allision was due to the extremely high water which was one meter higher than normal.