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.
The 105 meter long river passenger ship Hemingway collided with a barge on the Waal near Deest, Netherlands. The Hemingway had suffered rudder failure when it struck the cement laden barge. No reports of injuries to the 79 passengers or crew on board the Hemingway or those on the barge. The Hemingway was later escorted to a shipyard in Dodewaard by authorities to conduct an investigation into the incident.