The 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Piz Palü ran aground on the Rhine near Niederdollendorf, Germany. The Piz Palü was headed to Rotterdam from Königswinter when it collided with the 171 meter long barge-combo Rhenus Thionville 1 and Rhenus Thionville 2. The two barges were headed upstream with a cargo of coal when they collided amidship of the Piz Palü.
The Piz Palü sustained a hull breach above the waterline while the Rhenus Thionville 2 sustained a large dent along its port side. The Piz Palü later drifted aground on a nearby embankment. The tanker-barge was later pulled free later the same day and proceeded to Bonn. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On May 8, the 44 foot long fishing vessel Arlene Adonna ran aground in the Gulf of St. Lawrence just offshore of L’Ile aux Marins Island near St-Pierre-Miquelon, France. The Arlene Adonna was headed to Cape Breton with 11,000 pounds of snow crab in the hold when it ran onto the rocks. Just a few meters from the shoreline, the heavy surf and cold water temperature made it impossible to wade ashore. The vessel sent out a distress call with the SNSM lifeboat responding. The lifeboat pulled alongside the grounded vessel allowing all five crew to jump to safety. One crewman suffered a minor injury while another required treatment for shock. Reports state the crew were later flown back to St. John’s.
The Arlene Adonna sustained hull damage while on the rocks. Authorities had hope to pull the vessel free, but the fishing vessel will require a survey before any salvage attempt is conducted. Local and Canadian authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 60 meter long fishing vessel Havborg ran aground in the Tromsøy Sound near Solstrand, Norway. The Havborg had stranded on a sandbank on the receding tide. The trawler requested assistance with the NSSR lifeboat responding. The lifeboat failed to pull the lifeboat free during low tide and had to wait several hours until the rising tide allowed for another attempt. The following morning the Havborg was pulled free. Divers inspected the hull and found no damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.