The 183 meter long self-propelled container-barge Vision caught fire on the Rhine off Millingen, Netherlands. The vessel was en route to Frankfurt, Germany with a deck loaded with empty containers when a fire broke out in the engine room. The five crew were able to escape the heavy smoke and flames. Reports state the blaze was finally extinguished a few hours later. Damage to the engine room was extensive leaving the vessel disabled. Authorities arrived on scene to monitor the situation. No reports of injuries, but authorities suggested nearby residents to keep windows and doors closed due to the stench from the smoke released.
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 January 5, the 110 meter long passenger ship Sound Of Music sustained damage on the Rhine at Mainz, Germany. The Sound Of Music was headed to Strasbourg without passengers for winter lay up and had berthed for the night at Mainz.
Later that day, another barge was proceeding on the Rhine. As it approached a bend in the river near Mainz, the barge’s bow thruster failed. Unable to steer, the barge struck into the starboard hull of the Sound Of Music. The passenger ship sustained some damage and dents between decks. The barge only sustained only minor scratches. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
Reports state the Sound Of Music was allowed to depart on the following day. An investigation revealed the bow thruster had been fouled by small pebbles due to the low water level on the Rhine.