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 April 9, the 135 meter long passenger ship Amaverde collided with another river passenger ship on the Main River near Eltmann, Germany. The Amaverde was on a cruise from Nurnberg to Budapest with 160 passengers. While en route to Bamberg, the Amaverde struck head-on with the other passenger ship while passing under the Eltmanner Road Bridge. Both vessels sustained damage in the bow estimated to be over 10,000 Euros. No pollution released.
The Amaverde proceeded a short distance and evacuated all 160 passengers on board. Passengers were later picked up by coaches. No reports of injuries. Authorities later fined the master of the Amaverde for illegally unloading passengers. Reports state the damage was limited and the Amaverde proceeded on to Bamberg. Passengers had embarked and the vessel continued on its planned voyage to Erlangen.
The 135 meter long passenger ship Viking Odin ran aground on the Main River. The Viking Odin had departed from Aschaffenburg with 40 passengers when it suffered an electrical fault causing a power blackout. The river cruise ship lost steering, swung perpendicular by the wind and ran onto the embankment near Pompejanum. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The Viking Odin was able to restart the engine and authorities ordered the vessel to return back to Aschaffenburg. As the vessel made a turn, it suffered a second blackout and ran aground again. After the second incident, the vessel was towed to the berth in Aschaffenburg. Divers were requested to inspect the hull. The water police has launched an investigation into the incident.