The 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Piz Palü collided with the 187 meter long self-propelled barge Rhenus Luenen on the Waal near Kekerdom, Netherlands. The Piz Palü was headed in ballast to Rotterdam when it struck two barges being pushed by the Rhenus Luenen. After the collision, the vessels ran aground onto a nearby crib. The Piz Palü sustained hull damage above the waterline resulting in no water ingress or pollution released.
Authorities were alerted and the local fire brigade dispatched a fireboat to the scene. The Piz Palü was able to be refloated and allowed to continue on to Rotterdam. The Rhenus Luenen remained aground and required to be lightered. The bunker Martina 2 arrived on scene later and assisted in refloating the barges. Reports state there were no injuries on either vessels.
The 160 meter long self-propelled barge Trias Obelix ran aground on the Waal near Nijmegen, Netherlands. The Trias Obelix was headed for Schmehausen with a cargo of coal when it struck bottom. The vessel sustained hull damage and suffered water ingress. Authorities were alerted who dispatched a response team to the scene. Dewatering pumps help stabilize the barge and keep the flooding under control. Another barge arrived on scene and help tow the Trias Obelix to a nearby quay where it could be cleared of water. Reports state the incident may be the result of the vessel was heavily loaded and the water level was too low.
The 110 meter long self-propelled barge Werchina caught fire while berthed along the Waal at IJzendoorn, Netherlands. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room and the local fire brigade was alerted. Firefighters and a fireboat arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze. Damage to the Werchina was limited to the engine room. No reports of injuries or pollution released.