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.
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.