On December 24, the 28 meter long towboat Christina Belcher collided with a sand barge on the Ohio River at mile marker 952 near Joppa, Illinois. The Christina Belcher was pushing two oil barges loaded with 921,000 gallons of crude oil which struck the loaded sand barge. The sand barge filled with water and sank. One of the oil barges sustained damage, but no reports of pollution released. The Coast Guard dispatched personnel to the scene and have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 65 meter long self-propelled sand barge Henjor allided with a bridge over the Nieuwe Maas River near Maassluis, Netherlands. The Henjor was trying to enter the inner port when the bridge was lowered too early striking the stern of the vessel. The Henjor suffered damage to its crane and deck equipment while the bridge suffered minor damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the bridge was closed until it can be inspected.
The 32 meter long, 203 dwt tug Ava Payagua collided with the 82 meter long sand-barge Rio Turbio on the Parana River off the 102 kilometer mark near Zarate, Argentina . The Ava Payagua was undamaged, but the Rio Turbio quickly capsized and sank. No reports of injuries to the 12 crew on board the Ava Payagua. Authorities launched multiple vessels on scene conducting search and rescue for the missing men. Divers were sent into the vessel and found one survivor. One engineer was found alive in the capsized hull and was taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia. Divers later found four bodies trapped in the hull. Divers continue to search for three missing crewmen. Authorities placed a boom was placed around the Rio Turbio to contain any pollution that may be released. Reports state three crew from the Ava Payagua were taken into custody while the vessel was being detained for inspection. An investigation into the incident is being conducted.