On October 9, the 78 meter long self-propelled barge Boom ran aground on the Danube near Niederalteich, Germany. The Boom had stranded with 750 tons of steel plates and partially blocked the navigation channel. Authorities reported that the Boom had been overloaded which resulted in the grounding. With vessels over 130 meters were unable to pass the grounded barge, a traffic jam developed with over 20 vessels queued. Reports state the Boom will be lightered before it can be refloated. No reports of injuries. Authorities have launched an investigation into the overloading of the barge.
The 70 meter long self-propelled barge Obelix collided with the 110 meter long self-propelled barge Cymba on the Danube River near Niederalteich, Germany. The Cymba was attempting to overtake the the Obelix when the vessels collided. The Obelix lost steering and ended up perpendicular with its bow aground on the opposite bank. The Cymba also sustained some bow damage. Neither vessel had any water ingress. The two barges proceeded to Deggendorf for inspection. The Cymba was en route from Krems with 1000 tons of sugar beets while the Obelix was headed to Bamberg from Linz with 600 tons of fertilizer.