Posted on April 10, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Antigua Barbuda-flagged General Cargo ship, BBC Amethyst collided with a lock in the Kiel Canal in Kiel-Holtenau, Germany during the early morning hours of April 7th.
The incident occurred at approximately 06:45 am, while the vessel was en route from Norrköping, Sweden to Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The ship was about to enter the large northern lock but due to the vessel’s increased speed and steep angle at the time, it ended up colliding with the control centre of the locks.
The port side of the BBC Amethyst hit the roof of the control centre, damaging it across a length of 4-5 meters.
Furthermore, as a result of the collision, there was extensive damage to a part of the quay and the fender pontoons inside the lock itself.
There were two people inside the building at the time, who thankfully managed to escape unharmed, without having suffered any injuries.
The incident is still under investigation and a thorough assessment has yet to be made but the damage is estimated to be in the tens of thousands.The local authorities have launched an investigation into the 51-year-old pilot of the BBC Amethyst.
At the time of writing, the lock is still in use. The ship continued its voyage a few hours after the collision and arrived in the port of Rotterdam on April the 9th.