Tag Archives: Rhine


Photo: swr.de

On June 18, the 66 meter long passenger ship Asbach allided with a pier on the Rhine near Boppard, Germany. The Asbach was en route to Koblenz from Rüdesheim  with 100 passengers when it was attempting to berth at Boppard.  The first attempt  to berth was unsuccessful and when the vessel maneovered it smashed into the pier with its bow. The pier was torn away from its anchorage and the Asbach pulled away going downstream.  The Asbach then struck bottom as it avoided striking another vessel berthed along the shoreline. The passenger ship proceeded to Koblenz where it finally berthed. The water police found the master to be intoxicated.  The Asbach had suffered some dents and breaches in the hull, but was allowed to continue on its voyage the following day with a new master. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state damage was estimated to be around 40,000 €.

Grounding avoiding river cruise ship

The 135 meter long self-propelled barge Sandra W ran aground on the Rhine River near Mainz, Germany. The Sanda W was en route to Budapest from Tolkamer and had reached the mouth of the Main River. The barge was attempting to enter the Main when the river cruise ship River Ambassador appeared from under a nearby railway bridge.  The vessels nearly collided, but luckily the Sandra W was able to do an emergency maneuver avoiding it.  However, the maneuver sent the Sandra W into a  fairway buoy before the barge touched the river bottom. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The River Ambassador continued on its voyage to Nuremberg from Mannheim while the Sandra W continued to Budapest.

Marjo R

Photo: rp-online.de

The 108 meter long self-propelled barge Marjo R ran aground on the Rhine under the Rheinknie Bridge in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Marjo R was proceeding with 2200 tons of plaster when it stranded under the bridge.  The vessel requested assistance from the water police, but another barge refloated the Marjo R later the same day. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.