The 135 meter long passenger vessel Viking Tialfi ran aground on the Rhine near Mannheim, Germany. The river cruise ship was en route to Amsterdam from Basel with 185 passengers when it attempted to berth at Mannheim. During the maneuver the Viking Tialfi ran aground on a sand bar. The passenger ship was unable to free itself and requested assistance. The passenger ship Viking Fir arrived and was able to transfer all the passengers off the Viking Tialfi safely. Later the self-propelled barge Johanna was able to pull the Viking Tialfi free.
The Viking Tialfi berthed in Mannheim before proceeding on to Rüdesheim. Reports state the grounding was due to the low water levels on the Rhine. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 110 meter long self-propelled barge Elisabeth Jeagers allided with a bridge on the Neckar River near Mannheim, Germany. The Elisabeth Jeagers with 1000 tonnes of cargo was headed to Ladenburg when the barge was passing under the Lauffener Bridge. The master of the vessel failed to lower the wheelhouse enough and struck the bridge. The wheelhouse was torn free and sank in the river. No one was injured and no pollution was released. Authorities halted traffic while authorities inspected the bridge. Divers were requested and salvaged the wheelhouse later the same day.