The 110 meter long, self-propelled tanker-barge Ireen went aground on the Rhine between Bacharach and Lorchhausen. The Ireen was en route to Birsfelden with a cargo of methanol when it grounded. No reports of injuries. A lighter tanker was brought to the scene and unloaded some 225 tons of methanol before the Ireen was refloated. The tanker proceeded to St. Goar where authorities launched an investigation. Reports state the master of the vessel failed an alcohol test and was fined 700 euros and had his certificate confiscated.
The 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Ireen allided on the Rhine near Vogelgrun, Germany. The Ireen was proceeding northbound from Birsfelden in ballast when it approached the lock. As it entered the lock, the crew lost control and the tanker rammed the lock gates and wall. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Both the Ireen and the lock sustained severe damage. The lock was reported to be inoperable and the second lock had been taken out of service. The next day workmen were able to bring the second lock into service to allow ship traffic to continue.