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Bump on the Rhine

ORAVA

The 110 meter long self-propelled barge La Mattanza collided with the 36 meter long towboat Orava on the Rhine River near Orsoy, Germany.  The Orava was departing from Orsoy with a barge loaded with cargo of coal when it struck the nearby La Mattanza.  Both vessels suffered some hull damage and water ingress.  No reports of injuries or pollution released.  Authorities  state the two vessels were allowed to continue as the on-board pumps had the water ingress under control.

La Mattanza 1

 

Maranta

Photo: ksta.de
Photo: ksta.de

The 172 meter long self-propelled barge  Maranta I and the barge Maranta II went aground on the Rhine near Cologne, Germany.  The vessel attempted to refloat itself, the two vessels seperated.  The Maranta II drifted and collided with the 103 meter long passenger ship River Cloud 2.  The River Cloud 2 suffered minor scrapes and bent radar.  Traffic halted on the river until a dredger arrived on scene and lightered some cargo. The Maranta was en route from Bonn with a cargo of soy.  No reports of injuries or pollution released.


Saketa

SAKETA

The 80 meter long self-propelled barge Saketa went aground on the Rhine near Rüdesheim, Germany.  The barge was headed downstream when it steered out of the fairway and it’s bow ran aground.  The Saketa suffered hull damage and suffered water ingress in the foreship.  No reports of injuries.  The vessel requested assistance and the local fire brigade responded to the scene.  The fire brigade was to refloat the barge and tow it to the shorline where the vessel could be pumped dry.  Divers were able to apply a temporary patch to the hull to stop the ingress.  The Saketa was able to proceed under its own power to a shipyard for repairs.

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Wantij

Photo: derwesten.de
Photo: derwesten.de

The 86 meter long self-propelled barge Wantij caught fire while carrying coal on the Rhine River near Rees, Germany.  The fire started in the vessel’s engine room forcing the vessel to immediately drop anchor at a nearby loading bay. The crew alerted the local fire brigade which dispatched fireboats to the scene.  The water police slowed traffic while the fire fighters extinguished the blaze.  The container barge Salute pulled alongside the vessel to keep the Wantij in position.  No reports of injuries or pollution released.  The fire disabled the Wantij requiring it to be towed to Dusiburg for repairs.

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