Boxships Empire and Herm Kiepe collided in Kiel canal

Boxship Empire struck another boxship, Herm Kiepe, on Mar 2 13 in Kiel canal between Kudensee and Brunsbuettel shorlt after midday.
Empire was entering canal, while Herm Kiepe was waiting its’ turn to enter the lock. Three containers from Empire fell into the water, one crashed on portside cargo deck, see photos. Kiel canal between Kudensee and Brunsbuettel was closed for big vessels with draft more than 5 meters because of missing containers. One was found, other two by the evening Mar 2 were still missing. Empire was detained in Brunsbuettel, Herm Kiepe resumed voyage to Hamburg.

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