On January 5, the 110 meter long passenger ship Sound Of Music sustained damage on the Rhine at Mainz, Germany. The Sound Of Music was headed to Strasbourg without passengers for winter lay up and had berthed for the night at Mainz.
Later that day, another barge was proceeding on the Rhine. As it approached a bend in the river near Mainz, the barge’s bow thruster failed. Unable to steer, the barge struck into the starboard hull of the Sound Of Music. The passenger ship sustained some damage and dents between decks. The barge only sustained only minor scratches. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
Reports state the Sound Of Music was allowed to depart on the following day. An investigation revealed the bow thruster had been fouled by small pebbles due to the low water level on the Rhine.
On July 28, the 110 meter long self-propelled barge Baroda ran aground on the Rhine off Mainz, Germany. The Baroda had departed from Mainz with 1600 tonnes of soy products when it became stuck just outside the industrial port. Another vessel which had come from Basel came to the Baroda’s aid. The vessel pulled the Baroda free later the same day. The Baroda proceeded to Duisburg where it was inspected by authorities. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 135 meter long self-propelled barge Sandra W ran aground on the Rhine River near Mainz, Germany. The Sanda W was en route to Budapest from Tolkamer and had reached the mouth of the Main River. The barge was attempting to enter the Main when the river cruise ship River Ambassador appeared from under a nearby railway bridge. The vessels nearly collided, but luckily the Sandra W was able to do an emergency maneuver avoiding it. However, the maneuver sent the Sandra W into a fairway buoy before the barge touched the river bottom. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The River Ambassador continued on its voyage to Nuremberg from Mannheim while the Sandra W continued to Budapest.