On May 27, the 85 foot long self-propelled barge Bakesteyn caught fire on the Markerneer between Marken and Almere, Netherlands. The Bakesteyn had departed from Nieuwegein bound for Amsterdam when a fire broke out in the engine room. The crew alerted authorities who dispatched patrol boats and two KNRM lifeboats to the scene. When authorities arrived on scene, the crew of the Bakesteyn had already extinguished the blaze. The fire had started by a broken drive shaft which cut a fuel line. Authorities inspected the vessel and found there was a fuel leak and determined the Bakesteyn needed to be towed to port. The KNRM lifeboat took the Bakesteyn under tow and proceeded for Amsterdam. Another barge took over the tow a short time later. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
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.