On September 26, the 16.5 meter long ferry Gorinchem X collided with the 85 meter long self-propelled cement tanker-barge Tarsis on the Merwede near Werkendam, Netherlands. The Gorinchem X was proceeding in dense fog between Gorinchem and Sleeuwijk with just two crew on board. For some unreported reason, the crew of the Gorinchem X lost control and struck the Tarsis. The Tarsis did sustain some damage by the collision, but the Gorinchem X suffered significant damage. The bow of the Gorinchem X was stoved-in. Both crewmen on the Gorinchem X suffered injuries requiring treatment. No reports of injuries or pollution released from the Tarsis.
A KNLM lifeboat along with the local fire brigade and water police patrol boat arrived on scene. Authorities brought the two crew off the Gorinchem X to shore. Authorities found the Tarsis able to proceed under its own power. The tanker proceeded to Hansweert for further inspection.
The 110 meter long self-propelled tanker Istoromi collided with the 86 meter long self-propelled tanker Alto Mira on the Outer Maas near Poortugaal, Netherlands. Two vessels were passing during the early morning hours when the Alto Mira suffered a steering fault. Unable to avoid collision the master of the Alto Mira kept the tanker on a path where both vessels collided head-on.
Both vessels sustained bow damage above the waterline vessels. The damage was limited to the bow area and no water ingress. The vessels were still able proceed under their own power. The tankers then proceeded to Geul. There the vessels unloaded their cargo. The Istoronmi discharged acetone while the Alto Mira unloaded ethanol. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 110 meter long self-propelled barge Rhenus Duisburg collided with the self-propelled tanker Eiltank 66 on the Wesel-Datteln Canal near the locks at Friedrichsfeld, Germany. The two ships were approaching each other when a navigational mistake caused both vessels to collide head-on. Both vessels sustained bow damage and water ingress. The local fire brigade arrived on scene and provided de-watering pumps to keep both vessels afloat. Traffic was halted on the canal as several hours of salvage work was completed on both barges. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The water police launched an investigation into the incident. The Rhenus Duisburg was headed to Voerde from Dorsten while the Eiltank 66 had departed from Voerda. Damage was reported to be over 100,000 €.