Port De Mar

Port De Mar

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The 105 meter self-propelled barge Port De Mar ran aground on the Rhine just below Rheinkniebrücke near Düsseldorf, Germany. The Port De Mar, loaded with a cargo of coal, had struck bottom at the bow sustaining damage to the hull. The barge suffered water ingress, but the flooding was kept under control by the vessel’s pumps. Traffic was halted for a few hours until the Port De Mar could be refloated. Reports state the vessel berthed in Düsseldorf before proceeding to Neuss. No reports of injuries or pollution released.

Singa

Singa

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The 110 meter long self-propelled barge Singa ran aground on the Rhine near Basel, Switzerland. The Singa had suffered engine failure and went adrift before it ran onto an embankment. The Singa requested assistance and a few hours later a tug arrived on scene and refloated the barge. Both vessels proceeded to Basel. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.

Brienzersee

Brienzersee

The 110 meter long self-propelled tanker barge Brienzersee ran aground on the Rhine near St. Goar, Germany. The Brienzersee was headed to Rotterdam from Milligen with 2350 tons of gasoline when it suffered engine failure. The tanker-barge went adrift and the crew attempted an emergency anchoring, but the vessel ran aground blocking traffic. Another barge arrived a short time later and was able to push the Brienzersee out of the fairway keeping the tanker stable until two tugs could arrive.  The tugs refloated the Brienzersee and towed the tanker to a nearby port. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state the Brienzersee had its injection pumps damaged on the main engine which caused the power blackout.

Köpenick

Köpenick

The 108 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Köpenick ran aground on the Rhine near Kestert, Germany. The Köpenick had suffered engine failure while proceeding toward Rotterdam with 2100 tons of diesel fuel. A tug was requested to assist refloating the Köpenick, but attempts failed to release the vessel.  A lighter vessel was requested to assist efforts the next day.

Excalibur

Excalibur

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The 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Excalibur ran aground on the Rhine near Cologne, Germany. The Excalibur was doing a turn when it’s bow thruster failed and the barge ran aground against the river bank.  Another barge was able to pull the Excalibur free a few hours later. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Excalibur was taken to Mülheim for inspection.