River transportation conveys economic advantages to industry, when it is compared with road transportation. River vessels transport different types of cargoes that are critical for many industrial processes. Watercrafts can suffer different types of mishaps, including sinking and capsizing. The consequences of such events can be costly from the human and economic perspectives. In this context, a major economic consequence can be the closure of any navigation activities in this type of infrastructure. This situation was observed in the Rhine river in 2011, when a river tanker capsized and provoked the closure of the river for some weeks. Based upon the report of this accident, in this paper a simplified model is proposed to analyze such mishap, to reinforce the conclusions conveyed in the report about the contributing factors for this accident. In particular, the crucial effects associated to the dynamic interaction of the liquid cargo and the ship.

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