The 120 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Pampero ran aground on the Rhône at the locks in Sablons, France. The Pampero was en route to Lavera from Port de Bouc with a cargo of 2200 tons of vinyl chloride. As the tanker-barge proceeded out of the lock, it was pull back by suction towards the lock gate . Unable to overcome the current, the Pampero struck the downstream lock gate ripping the lock gate away. The Pampero struck with enough force to have its wheelhouse torn away and part of the hull buckled. The tanker-barge floated a short distance from the lock before it ran aground.
Authorities were alerted and dispatched some 70 persons to the scene. The Pampero had sustained three hull breaches releasing some of the toxic gas. Reports state the amount of gas released was low, but some nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution. Divers later arrived on scene and complete repairs and plug the leaks. Another tanker-barge was requested to offload the 2200 tons of cargo. Traffic on the Rhône remains closed above and below the lock until repairs to the lock and tanker-barge can be completed. No reports of injuries.
On February 13, the 60 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Noordereiland collided with the 64 meter long, 1469 dwt cargo vessel Bonita in the Houtrib Lock in Lelystad, Netherlands. The Bonita had entered the lock and was unable to slow down before it struck the stern of the Noordereiland. The tanker-barge sustained significant damage, but no reports of injuries or pollution released on either vessel. Authorities detained both vessels until an investigation into the incident could be completed. Reports state the Bonita had just returned back into services after repairs from an earlier grounding.
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.