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A Rhine Collision

A Rosa Aqua
Photo: rp-online.de

The 135 meter long, 260 dwt river passenger cruise ship A Rosa Aqua collided with the 110 meter long self-propelled barge Marjo-R on the Rhine near Düsseldorf, Germany. The A Rosa Aqua was en route to Basel from Amsterdam with 180 passengers and 50 crew when it struck head-on with the corn laden Marjo-R.  The A Rosa Aqua sustained significant bow damage, but did not sustain any water ingress. The Marjo-R sustained severe bow damage resulting  in water ingress and some oil pollution released.  Thirteen passengers were injured with three taken to hospital.  The A Rosa Aqua was later escorted by a fire boat to Schnellenburg where it was inspected for damage. The Marjo-R was takeen to Neuss by another fire boat after it was stabilized with dewatering pumps. Reports state the cause of collision may be the result of a faulty bow thruster on the Marjo-R.

Baroda

Baroda
Photo: presseportal.de

On July 28, the 110 meter long self-propelled barge Baroda ran aground on the Rhine off Mainz, Germany. The Baroda had departed from  Mainz with 1600 tonnes of soy products when it became stuck just outside the industrial port. Another vessel which had come from Basel came to the Baroda’s  aid. The vessel pulled the Baroda free later the same day.  The Baroda proceeded to Duisburg where it was inspected by authorities.  No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.

Asbach

Asbach
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 €.