On August 21, the 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Somtrans XV ran aground on the Rhine near Millingen, Netherlands. The Somtrans XV was en route to Pernis from Tolkamer when the tanker-barge ran up on the left bank. The Somtrans XV remained aground for several hours until it could be refloated late the same day. Authorities inspected the vessel and found there was no damage or pollution released. The Somtrans XV was allowed to proceed on its voyage on to Pernis.
The 183 meter long self-propelled container-barge Vision caught fire on the Rhine off Millingen, Netherlands. The vessel was en route to Frankfurt, Germany with a deck loaded with empty containers when a fire broke out in the engine room. The five crew were able to escape the heavy smoke and flames. Reports state the blaze was finally extinguished a few hours later. Damage to the engine room was extensive leaving the vessel disabled. Authorities arrived on scene to monitor the situation. No reports of injuries, but authorities suggested nearby residents to keep windows and doors closed due to the stench from the smoke released.
The 16 meter long tugboat En Avant sank while moored on the Bijlandsch Kanaal at Millingen, Netherlands. The vessel sank leaving only the top of the upper deck exposed. No one was on board at the time of the sinking. Authorities placed booms around the vessel to contain any pollution released. The cause of the sinking was not reported.