On January 17, the 80 meter long self–propelled barge Maranta allided with the Humbeek-Sas bridge over the Brussels-Scheldt Canal near Grimbergen, Belgium. The Maranta was following a vessel passing under the bridge when the bridge began lowering the deck. The Maranta struck with enough force to knock the deck and shift bridge pillars.
Local authorities were alerted and stopped all traffic on the bridge. The Maranta berthed nearby and was surveyed for damage to its bow. No reports of injuries. Reports state the bridge will require a new road deck which may take several weeks.
The 172 meter long self-propelled barge Maranta I and the barge Maranta II went aground on the Rhine near Cologne, Germany. The vessel attempted to refloat itself, the two vessels seperated. The Maranta II drifted and collided with the 103 meter long passenger ship River Cloud 2. The River Cloud 2 suffered minor scrapes and bent radar. Traffic halted on the river until a dredger arrived on scene and lightered some cargo. The Maranta was en route from Bonn with a cargo of soy. No reports of injuries or pollution released.