On March 20, the 105 meter long self-propelled barge Delos collided with the 65 meter long self-propelled barge Ventura on the Rhine near Xanten, Germany. The Delos struck the Ventura resulting in destroying the wheelhouse of the Ventura. The master and his wife on the Ventura sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospital. Reports state the cause of the collision was not clear.The water police has launched an investigation.
On May 28, the fishing vessel Aspiration ran aground near Santa Clara, California. The vessel approached the mouth of the Santa Clara River when it ran aground just south of the Ventura harbor. There were no injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state the vessel had its fuel removed and the fishing vessel will be pulled off the beach on the next high tide. The incident is under investigation by local authorities.
The 106 meter long, 5780 dwt cargo vessel Ventura caught fire while entering the lock at Kiel, Germany. The crew had noticed there was an elevated temperature in the hold containing beet pulp. Local firefighters were contacted and the Ventura was directed to a nearby quay. At the quay, part of the cargo was offloaded while firefighters extinguished the embers. No reports of injuries or pollution released.