On July 22, the 80 meter long self-propelled barge Katarina ran aground on the Danube near Straubing, Germany. The Katarina, loaded with 350 tons of sunflower seeds, was en route to Regensburg when it ran aground on a gravel bank in shallow water. River currents swung the barge around leaving it perpendicular to the river. Authorities were alerted and dispatched a response team to the scene. A dredger was dispatched to the scene the next day to release the Katarina. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
On July 24, the 190 meter long self-propelled barge Straubing became disabled on the Danube near Mühlham, Germany. The Straubing, loaded with rape, was passing a dredger when it’s propeller became entangled in the steel cable from the dredger. Divers were requested to remove the cable. The Straubing was taken to Deggendorf for further repairs. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 110 meter long self-propelled barge Valencia went aground on the Danube River near Straubing, Germany. The Valencia was headed downstream with 1700 tons of wood pellets when it grounded onto the far left side of the bank to allow to another vessel to pass upstream. Traffic was allowed to continued at a reduced speed. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The water police have launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the vessel may need to be lightered before it can be refloated.