On October 14, the 105 meter long self-propelled barge Con Dios sustained damage while moored on the Rhine near Bingen, Germany. The Con Dios had been strucky by another vessel during the early morning hours. The Con Dios sustained hull damage including water ingress in the cargo hold, but the vessel’s pumps were able to control the flooding.
The Con Dios proceeded to Bingen where a diver was able to make temporary repairs. Reports state the Con Dios was headed to Rotterdam from Mannheim with 1250 tons of potash. No reports of injuries.
On September 13, the 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Regina W II ran aground on the Rhine near Düsseldorf, Germany. The Regina W II was en route to Gelsenberg with 2000 tons of diesel fuel when it went aground. Authorities were alerted with a fire boat from Düsseldorf along with several other vessels responding. Initial attempts to refloat the tanker-barge failed and a lighter vessel was requested. Some 600 tons of fuel was lightered off the Regina W II before it could be refloated a few hours later. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
Reports state the Regina W II was escorted to Neuss to be inspected. The vessel then proceeded on its voyage to Gelsenberg. The cause of the grounding was not reported.
On August 13, the 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Ventrans 2 became disabled on the Rhine near Neuwied, Germany. The Ventrans 2 was headed for Rotterdam from Mannheim when it suffered a power blackout after a technical fault had caused engine failure. The tanker-barge was able to complete an emergency anchoring. Local authorities were alerted and monitored the situation until the crew were able to restart the engine and restore power. The water police escorted the Ventrans 2 to a nearby berth where the crew completed repairs. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.