The 26 meter long pushboat/towboat Edda with the 86 meter long tanker-barge CT 1803 ran aground on the Elbe River near Klöden, Germany. The vessels were proceeding on the Elbe bound for Magdeburg when the Edda struck an underwater obstruction causing rudder failure. The CT 1803 spun until it was perpendicular to the river blocking traffic on the Elbe. Authorities dispatched a workboat to the scene to the pull the CT 1803 free. The first attempt by the workboat failed and it was determined a more powerful vessel was required. A second pushboat was dispatched from Torgau and arrived on scene. These vessels were able to pull the CT 1803 free later that day. No reports of injuries or pollution released on either vessel.
On January 21, the 124 meter long, 12480 dwt tanker Oriental Nadeshiko ran aground on the Elbe River near Cuxhaven, Germany. The Oriental Nadeshiko had some 9,000 metric tons of dangerous or toxic chemicals on board when the tanker suffered a technical fault. Unable to steer the Oriental Nadeshiko veered off the fairway and ran aground on a sandbank.
Authorities were alerted and dispatched a team to the site. A survey found the Oriental Nadeshiko had sustained no damage and no pollution had been released. Five tugs were dispatched and were able to refloat the Oriental Nadeshiko later the same day. No reports of injuries.
On August 21, the 80 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Elan ran aground on the Elbe near Hamburg, Germany. The Elan was proceeding on the Elbe with 1200 tons of heating oil and heavy fuel when it grounded near a dike off Hamburg. Authorities were alerted and dispatched vessels to the scene to monitor the situation. An hour later with the rising tide, the Elan was able to refloat itself. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.