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 the early morning hours of May 5, the 57 meter long towboat Irkutsk collided with the 116 meter long river passenger ship Moldavia on the Danube River near Esztergom, Hungary. The Irkutsk’s bow struck into the port side of the Moldavia just aft of the wheelhouse. The Moldavia sustained significant damage to several cabins and its upper deck. Reports state one person was injured in the collision. No reports of pollution released. Hungarian police detained the master of the Irkutsk and has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 80 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Saraylar collided with the 107 meter long, 5484 dwt cargo vessel Tiwala on the Marmara Sea near Marmara Island, Turkey. The Tiwala was headed to Varna from Ceuta when it was struck by the Saraylar which was en route to Tekirdag from Bandirma with 25 vehicles. The ferry sustained a dent in the starboard bow and several vehicles on board were damaged. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The Saraylar proceeded to Tekirdag where it unloaded passengers and vehicles. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.