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Carpe Diem


The 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Carpe Diem ran aground on the Rhine near Niederheimbach, Germany. The Carpe Diem was en route to Strasbourg from Koblenz with 2000 tons of oil when it suffered a fault with its propeller. The propeller had come loose causing the tanker to veer out of the fairway.  No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The tanker-barge was later refloated a few days later and continued on its voyage.

Da Vinci

Da Vinci
Photo: tageswoche.ch

The 105 meter long passenger ship Da Vinci caught fire while at anchor on the Rhine at Basel, Switzerland. The fire started in the lower deck of the vessel in the laundry releasing dense smoke.  The 67 passengers and 25 crew were able to evacuate the vessel.  One person suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital.  The local fire brigade from Basel-Stadt were able to extinguish the blaze.

RMS Goole

RMS Goole Collision Rhine
Photo: water police

On August 21, the 80 meter long cargo vessel RMS Goole ran aground on the Rhine River near Grietherort, Germany.  The RMS Goole was en route to Bibao from Dusseldorf with a cargo of steel when it got stuck on a shoal.  Behind the Goole was a container ship, which the Goole had passed on the Rhine earlier.  The container ship had no time to veer away and struck the Goole from astern.  The Goole sustained significant hull damage, but all above the waterline.  No reports of injuries on either vessel.  The container vessel reported some damage to its bow.  The water police arrived on scene and later allowed both vessels to continue on their voyage after completing an investigation.  The RMS Goole proceeded to Rotterdam.  No details on the other vessel and its port of call.  Damage to the Goole was later estimated to be over 10,000 euros.