On March 9, the 100 meter long self-propelled barge Thekla allided with a jetty on the Rhine at Colonia-Niehl, Germany. The Thekla was proceeding on the Rhine in high water when it struck the submerged jetty. The barge sustained damage to its starboard bow with water ingress in the forward cabin and bow thruster room. Still under its own power, the Thekla proceeded to the basin in Niehl. Local fire brigade were alerted and begun dewatering efforts with portable pumps. A fireboat arrived on scene and monitored the situation.
The following day another barge was arrived on scene and help unload the cargo of aluminum hydroxide to help keep the vessel higher in the water. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 49 meter long self-propelled barge Cascade allided with the Zwartewater bridge at Hasselt, Netherlands. The Cascade was headed for Zwolle from Zwartsluis on the Zwarte Water when it master of the vessel found the barge was not going to pass under the bridge. The vessel was thrown in reverse, but it was too late and the Cascade struck the underside of the bridge. The wheelhouse of the Cascade was severely damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Piz Palü collided with the 187 meter long self-propelled barge Rhenus Luenen on the Waal near Kekerdom, Netherlands. The Piz Palü was headed in ballast to Rotterdam when it struck two barges being pushed by the Rhenus Luenen. After the collision, the vessels ran aground onto a nearby crib. The Piz Palü sustained hull damage above the waterline resulting in no water ingress or pollution released.
Authorities were alerted and the local fire brigade dispatched a fireboat to the scene. The Piz Palü was able to be refloated and allowed to continue on to Rotterdam. The Rhenus Luenen remained aground and required to be lightered. The bunker Martina 2 arrived on scene later and assisted in refloating the barges. Reports state there were no injuries on either vessels.