The 86 meter long self-propelled barge Bon Voyage caught fire on the Main-Donau Canal near Riedenburg, Germany. The Bon Voyage was headed to Riedenburg from Ludwigshafen with 1100 tons of fertilizers when smoke appeared from the bow. An electrical short had started a blaze in the bow thrusters engine room. The two crew on board attempted to extinguish the fire, but were unable to stop it due to the dense smoke. Local fire brigades from Riedenburg and surrounding area were requested and arrived on scene a short time later. They were able to extinguish the blaze and ventilate the compartment. No reports of injuries. The water police detained the Bon Voyage while it investigated the incident.
On January 23, the 105 meter long self-propelled barge Bavaria 52 allided with the lock gate on the Main-Donau Canal at Erlangen, Germany. The Bavaria 52 was en route to Bamberg with 1500 tons of rape seed when it struck the lock gate. No reports of damage to the barge, injuries or pollution released. The lock gate was severely damaged and was no long operable. Traffic has been halted at Erlangen until the gate can be removed and replaced. Reports state the vessel’s master had ignored traffic signal that the lock gate was closed. Estimated damage is estimated to be over 100,000 Euros.
The 110 meter long passenger ship River Queen allided with a lock gate on the Main-Donau canal at Nürnberg, Germany. The River Queen was en route to Bamberg when it passed through the lock. The vessel’s wheelhouse had not been lowered enough to allow the vessel pass through the lock gate. The River Queen had its wheelhouse crushed. Damage to the lock gate was minor, but estimates to the River Queen was over 100,000 Euros. The River Queen was towed to a nearby quay where repairs could be made. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The water police has launched an investigation.