On January 5, the 110 meter long passenger ship Sound Of Music sustained damage on the Rhine at Mainz, Germany. The Sound Of Music was headed to Strasbourg without passengers for winter lay up and had berthed for the night at Mainz.
Later that day, another barge was proceeding on the Rhine. As it approached a bend in the river near Mainz, the barge’s bow thruster failed. Unable to steer, the barge struck into the starboard hull of the Sound Of Music. The passenger ship sustained some damage and dents between decks. The barge only sustained only minor scratches. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
Reports state the Sound Of Music was allowed to depart on the following day. An investigation revealed the bow thruster had been fouled by small pebbles due to the low water level on the Rhine.
On December 20, the 100 meter long self-propelled barge Stiro ran aground on the Rhine between Voerde and Rheinberg, Germany. The Stiro, loaded with a cargo of gravel, had become stuck on the river near Götterswickerhamm and was unable to free itself. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Nearby traffic on the Rhine was blocked. It was determined that the Stiro would need to be lightered before it could be pulled free.
The following day, a crane barge arrived on scene and begun to lighter some 250 tons of gravel from the Stiro’s cargo hold. A few hours into the lightering, the crane touched a high voltage cable that were above the vessels. One cable broke while another electric cable was damaged. No report of injuries. The crane barge was able to complete lightering operations later that day. The Stiro was able to refloat a short time later. The electrical cables were replaced a few days later. Reports state the damage was over 100,000€.
The 64 meter long dredger Ohf 32 caught fire on the Rhine between Nierstein and Nackenheim, Germany. The Ohf 32 had been moored alongside two barges when the fire broke out. The dredger was engulf in dark plumes of smoke forcing a halt to traffic to a nearby highway. The crew attempted to put out the blaze for an hour when two crew had to be taken ashore due to smoke inhalation. The local fire brigade arrived on scene and fought the blaze from the shoreline. No reports of pollution released.