On April 19, the 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Admiral allided with a bridge over the Van Starkenborgh Canal near Groningen, Netherlands. As the tanker-barge passed under the Tafel Bridge, the wheelhouse struck the bridge. The wheelhouse was destroyed, but the master of the Admiral was uninjured. He was able to secure the vessel to the shore after the allision. Authorities were alerted and launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the canal traffic was halted only a few hours during the investigation.
The 86 meter long self-propelled barge Tokaj 2 allided with a bridge over the lock in Groningen, Netherlands. The vessel struck the bridge deck resulting in several thousands of euros in damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Traffic was halted on the canal and on the roadway bridge. Authorities spent several hours inspecting the bridge and were able to lift the bridge spans to allow cranes to do repairs.
The 86 meter long meter long self-propelled barge Sympathie struck the span of the Borg Bridge on the Ems Canal in Groningen, Netherlands. The Sympathie was proceeding in dense fog when it struck the bridge. The bridge sustained significant damage and was pushed out of alignment. The Sympathie also sustained severe damage to its bow. Local authorities launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the master had not request the span of the bridge to be raised. With no visibility, the master assumed the bridge span was open.