The car carrier City of Rome collided with the Northen lock gate in IJmuiden, Netherlands. The cargo vessel was leaving the port, but failed to handle the dead inertia, while entering the lock and collided with the stone wall. The collision caused sufficient damages of the bow of the car carrier, but remained afloat without water ingress. The ship City of Rome was towed back to Velserkade for repair works and special safety survey and inspection. The root cause of the collision is under investigation, but fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution.
The Northen lock gate was seriously damaged after the accident. The wall was breached and there was water ingress into the lock. It will need of repair until resume the operations, which will seriously disturb the traffic into the port.
The car carrier City of Rome (IMO: 9174763) has overall length of 100.00 m, moulded beam of 20.00 m and maximum draft of 5.40 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 2,794 DWT and the gross tonnage is 9,950 GRT. The ship was built in 1999 by Shin Kurushima Hiroshima Dockyard in Japan. The owner and operator of the car carrier City of Rome is Nissan motor Car Carriers.