The 105 meter long passenger ship Bellriva ran aground on the Rhine River near Karlsruhe, Germany. The Bellriva suffered damage to its hull resulting in water ingress. The vessel’s pumps kept the ship afloat long enough for the Bellriva to reach safety at Karlsruhe. The 114 passengers on board were transferred to the passenger ship Karlsruhe which by chance was in port at the time. The local fire brigade was contacted who help keep the Bellriva afloat with dewatering pumps. The owners have reserved dock space to allow divers to patch the leak. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The water police has started an investigation into the incident. Reports state the master of the vessel lacked certificates allowing the vessel to be operating on the route.
The Karlsruhe police boat No. 5 collided with the 110 meter long, 1808 dwt barge Chemgas 22 in low visibility on the Rhine River near Rheinstrandbad, Germany. The police boat hull was severely damaged and suffered water ingress. The crewmen on board the police boat were rescued by the 33 meter long tug Hekla which was pushing the barge. The disabled and sinking police boat was towed astern of the tug to shallow water where it paritially sank. None of the three crew were injured and no reported injuries on the tug or barge. Pollution was reported as some diesel fuel was released from the police boat. A crane was brought to the scene to salvage the vessel. No reports if the water police issued a fine for the incident.
The self-propelled barges 1949 dwt Alsace and 1250 dwt Hollande went aground on the Rhine nearKarlsruhe, Germany. Loaded with 109 containers, the two vessels ran over two groynes before going hard aground. The cause of the accident was that the master of the vessel had fallen asleep at the wheel. Part of the cargo was damaged estimated at 100.000 (100,000) €. Salvage attempts have started.