Monday, December 14, 2015

Container ship Nordic Bremen collided German frigate in Kiel Canal

Nordic Bremen ship Nordic Bremen collided with the German frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Kiel Canal. The collision happened in bad weather at strong gusty wind, causing serious damages of the both vessels. The container ship Nordic Bremen is breached in the starboard bow area and had two broken containers, while the German frigate has broken bow with some breaches above the waterline. Both vessels remained afloat, but will need of repairs before resume operations. The container ship Nordic Bremen proceeded by own power to Kiel, while frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was escorted by three naval tugs to Brunsbuettel. The local authorities will investigate the root cause of the accident and will hold inspection of the cargo ship before return in operations.
The container ship Nordic Bremen (IMO: 9483695) has overall length of 151.00 m, moulded beam of 23.00 m and maximum draft of 7.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 10,600 DWT and the gross tonnage is 10,318 GRT. The ship was built in 2011 by Sainty Jiangdu Shipbuilding in their shipyard in Jiangdu, China. The container carrier Nordic Bremen is operating in freighter and managed by company German company Nordic Hamburg Shipmanagement.
The frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is operating under the flag of Germany and commissioned in 1996. The vessel has displacement of 4,490 tons and crew of 26 naval officers.

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