Barge grounded on Danube river and blocked traffic near Niederalteich

barge BoomThe barge Boom grounded on Danube river at Niederalteich in Germany and hampered traffic on the shipping channel. The barge, carrying 750 tons steel sheets, hardly stuck at the channel after being overloaded. The cargo vessel hardly stuck at the shallow and failed to refloat by own power. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene were dispatched rescue boat and tug, which will assist with salvage operation. It was estimated that the barge was overloaded and will need to be partially offloaded before towing to safe depth. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident, while the 39 year old master is facing fine against overloading his ship.

The shipping traffic in Danube was blocked at the area of grounding, which formed a queue of over 20 ships, which cannot proceed to their courses in both directions of the river. The traffic is allowed in one direction, but for vessel with length below 130.00 m. All the vessels with length of over 130.00 m cannot proceed near the grounded barge and are anchored outside the shipping channel and will wait the traffic to be released.

The barge Boom has overall length of 76.00 m, moulded beam of 8.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m.