On May 19, the 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Fint sprung a leak on the Rhine while berthed near Basel, Switzerland. The Fint was bound for Birsfelden from Weil upon Rhine with a cargo of diesel fuel when it suffered water ingress in one of the cargo tanks. The crew was able to divert the cargo of fuel into another cargo tank. Authorities were alerted and arrived on scene to monitor the situation. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 100 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Eiltank 24 went aground on the Rhine near Birsfelden, Switzerland. The Eiltank 24 was proceeding on the Rhine with 1800 tons of heavy oil when it struck bottom after locking through Birsfelden. The tanker-barge had sustained damage to its outer hull and proceeded to secure itself along the riverbank until authorities could arrive. Traffic was halted on the Rhine in the Basel area until the Eiltank 24 could be fully inspected.
Reports state the inner hull of the Eiltank 24 had not been damaged and no pollution had been released. No reports of injuries. Authorities have stated an investigation has been launched into the incident.
The 110 meter long self-propelled barge Singa ran aground on the Rhine near Basel, Switzerland. The Singa had suffered engine failure and went adrift before it ran onto an embankment. The Singa requested assistance and a few hours later a tug arrived on scene and refloated the barge. Both vessels proceeded to Basel. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.