General cargo vessel Saint George collided with Northern lock gate, Kiel Canal

General cargo vessel Saint George slammed into the gate of northern lock in Brunsbuettel, Kiel Canal, at 1226 LT Mar 20, after going out of the control. Vessel suddenly increased speed after entering lock, and dropped both anchors trying to avoid collision, but it didn’t prevent collision. Gate suffered serious damages and is inoperable, vessel suffered a hole in bulbous bow. Saint George, which was en route from Amsterdam to Luebeck, was detained for investigation. All photos full-scale at http://nok-schiffsbilder.de/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=53450

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