German warship collides with container carrier

A German warship a collided with a containership in Germany’s Kiel Canal Wednesday morning, causing damage to both vessels.

Reports say the German Navy frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern collided with the Cyprus-flagged containership Nordic Bremen at approximately 3:44 a.m. local time.

The containership was moored in Kiel following the collision, while the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was brought to Brunsbüttel.

Photos of the frigate show damage to the bow. The Nordic Bremen was also damaged along with some of its containerized cargo.

The 151-meter, 13,200 DWT Nordic Bremen is managed by Nordic Hamburg.

The Kiel Canal, or Nord-Ostsee-Kanal as it is known is Germany, is a 61-mile long waterway stretching from the North Sea atBrunsbüttel to the Baltic Sea at Kiel-Holtenau. It is described as “the world’s busiest artificial waterway”.


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