The 105 meter long self-propelled barge Walhalla ran aground on the River Main near Würzburg, Germany. The Walhalla was en route to Neuss from Würzburg when the vessel made a navigation error while passing under a bridge. Taking the wrong path, the Walhalla ran aground in shallow water. Authorities were alerted and found the Walhalla had sustained no damage. A workboat was requested and was able to release the Walhalla later the same day. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
On January 28, the 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Maintal collided with the 105 meter long self-propelled barge Allegro on the Rhine near Zons, Germany. The Maintal was loaded with a cargo of gas oil from Spay when it struck head-on with the Allegro which had 1500 tons of soy on board. The Maintal sustained hull damage including a rupture to one of its cargo tanks. Some 2000 litres of gas oil was released into the river. The master of the Maintal also sustained minor injuries. The Allegro also sustained significant damage to its bow, but no reports of injuries.
Authorities allowed the vessels to proceed to nearby berths. The Allegro berthed in Cologne and the Maintal berthed at Duisburg. Authorities placed booms around the Maintal to contain any further pollution released. The pollution released in the Rhine could not be contained due to the strong currents. Authorities closed several entrances to ports and canals along the Rhine due to the pollution.
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.