On February 18, the 170 foot long towboat Washington allided with a bridge over the Ohio River between Evansville, Indiana and Henderson, Kentucky. The Washington was pushing 10 empty barges when it struck the middle pier of the Twin Bridge. There was no damage to the towboat or barges and the bridge sustained only a minor scrape. Authorities were alerted to the incident and traffic was reduced on the bridge until it could be inspected. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
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.
The 9 meter long towboat Miss Odessa with six barges ran aground on the Atchafalaya River near Berwick Louisiana. The Miss Odessa was travelling south with six barges loaded with rock when it struck bottom turning at the entrance of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. While refloating itself, the Miss Odessa put too much strain on one of the barges, ACL 01700, causing the hopper barge to break-in-two and sink.
The Miss Odessa alerted the Coast Guard who dispatched a marine inspection team to the scene. The Coast Guard arrived on scene and found the Miss Odessa and the remaining five barges had no damage. A towing company was hired to help salvage the sunken barge. No reports of injuries or pollution released.