Picture by CCME

AIS Video of Kiel Canal Collision

(With extra pictures) Last month, a collision took place on the Kiel Canal that led to the temporary closing of the canal. Watch an AIS video of the collision and pictures of one of the ships involved with this news post.

The collision took place between general cargo vessel Siderfly, carrying fertiliser, and LPG tanker Coral Ivory on 28 October. Although the tanker suffered no damage, the Siderfly sustained two holes to its port side measuring about 3 by 5 meters each. The vessel was listing heavily and leaking diesel.

The vessel was stabilised on an embankment with the help from three tugs after which repairs got underway. Diesel and cargo were removed from the ship and an oil recovery vessel was deployed to coduct clean-up operations. After three days, the ship was secured to the shore by using bulldozers and the canal was partially reopened.

On 5 November the Siderfly was refloated and on 6 November the vessel was towed to the nearby port of Brunsb├╝ttel.

Ship Particulars

General cargo vessel Siderfly, IMO 8412405, dwt 4380, built 1985, flag St. Vincent, manager Eestinova OU, Estonia.
LPG tanker Coral Ivory, IMO 9207039, dwt 6875, built 2000, flag Netherlands, manager Veder Chartering BV.

Video and Photo Album

Below an AIS video of the colission as well as a photo album of the stranded Siderfly (please click the pop-out link – the little squares at the bottom right of the album – to watch the pictures in their proper dimensions).

All pictures by Germany's Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME).

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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