Collision on the Kiel Canal (Update)
Two ships, a general cargo vessel Siderfly and liquified gas carrier Coral Ivory have collided today in the early morning on the Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal), Germany. The collision took place at about 3 am in the south part of the canal under the bridge Brunsbüttel. The reasons for the accident are still unknown. The Kiel Canal was completely closed after the collision.
The Siderfly got two holes in its bow and there was a danger of sinking. The freighter was assisted by tugs and pushed into the embankment. There were 29 crew members on board of the vessel, none was injured. The less damaged Coral Ivory was moored at Brunsbüttel bunkering station.
The freighter Siderfly was on its way from Brunsbüttel to Antwerp, carrying fertilizers. The gas tanker Coral Ivory was sailing to Finland.
Northern Germany is suffering from very strong winds today, a situation which won't help in the salvage.
Photos taken by FleetMon member Miraflores give an impression of the situation on site.