On April 13, the 35 meter long, 478 dwt tugboat Albert and the tanker barge Margaret ran aground at the entrance to the Detroit River near Peche Island. The Albert was pushing the barge loaded with 3,990,000 gallons of diesel fuel bound for Green Bay when it struck a mud bank just within the borders of the United States. The United States Coast Guard was dispatched to the scene and found the barge and tug firmly stuck in the mud. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
Both Canadian and United States authorities are monitoring the situation. Reports state there are multiple teams aiding in refloating the vessels. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 26 meter long pushboat/towboat Edda with the 86 meter long tanker-barge CT 1803 ran aground on the Elbe River near Klöden, Germany. The vessels were proceeding on the Elbe bound for Magdeburg when the Edda struck an underwater obstruction causing rudder failure. The CT 1803 spun until it was perpendicular to the river blocking traffic on the Elbe. Authorities dispatched a workboat to the scene to the pull the CT 1803 free. The first attempt by the workboat failed and it was determined a more powerful vessel was required. A second pushboat was dispatched from Torgau and arrived on scene. These vessels were able to pull the CT 1803 free later that day. No reports of injuries or pollution released on either vessel.
On August 9, the 122 meter long, 6809 gt tanker-barge Norman McLeod went aground on the St. Lawrence River near Sorel, Quebec. The tanker-barge had been at anchor when the anchor chain broke. The barge drifted away and grounded nearby. Tugs were dispatched and were able to refloat the tanker-barge a short time later. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.