EMPIRE vs. PAULA ANNA, Kiel Canal
Boxship EMPIRE and general cargo vessel PAULA ANNA, collided early in the morning Mar 19 in Kiel Canal, at Breiholz near Rendsburg. At a time of collision EMPIRE, which was transiting in eastern direction, reportedly, wasn’t moving, waiting for permission to resume sailing, while PAULA ANNA was under way, transiting in western direction. PAULA ANNA hit EMPIRE starboard bow. Reportedly PAULA ANNA bridge suffered substantial damages, while EMPIRE suffered minor damages, dents and scratches. EMPIRE after check was allowed to resume voyage, PAULA ANNA is also under way, as of 1520 UTC Mar 20 she was entering Brunsbuettel locks.