On June 3, the barge DBL165-1 ran aground on the Kongiganak River near Bethel, Alaska. The barge, loaded with 190 tons of jet fuel, 60 tons of diesel and 3 tons of gasoline was being pushed by the tug Nanchik when it grounded on a mud flat. Initial attempts to refloat the barge at high tide failed. A Coast Guard plane conducted a flight over the vessel and found no damage was found to the tanks or the hull. Reports state the majority of the fuel on board was lightered to another vessel. Authorities plan on doing an onsite assessment and monitor the situation. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports also stated the Kongiganak’s main channel changes quite often and that a skiff would travel in front of the barge to check the river depths.
The 110 meter long self propelled tanker-barge Fint ran aground on the Rhine River near Bad Honnef, Germany. The Fint was en route to Godorf from Mannheim when it ran up onto a crib. The Fint remained aground for a few days when a tug and two other barges arrived on scene. The first attempt to refloat the Fint failed, but a few hours later the Fint was pulled free. The Fint was inspected and allowed to proceed to a shipyard in Duisburg where the hull could be inspected further. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The water police has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 382 foot long tanker-barge DBL 106 ran aground near Kodiak, Alaska. The tanker-barge, loaded with an undisclosed amount of fuel, was being towed by the 124 foot long, 469 dwt tug Bismarck Sea when it ran aground 2 miles from Kodiak. The barge was successfully refloated and was taken to an anchorage where it could be inspected. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution. A boom will be placed around the DBL 106 to contain any potential pollution. The Coast Guard have dispatched inspection personnel to the scene while aircraft will conduct an overflight as part of the assessment.