Container ship Hanni aground in Elbe River

Hanni Elbe RiverThe container ship Hanni ran aground in Elbe River near Muhlenberg, Germany. The vessel lost propulsion power shortly after leaving Hamburg, which caused living the shipping way and hardly stucking at the sandy embarkment. The crew reported the accident to the local authorities and requested assistance. At the scene of the troubled container carrier were dispatched two tugs, but attempts for towing to safe depth failed. The salvage operations were delayed for the night during high tide. The traffic at the area was not affected by the grounding, because the ship is outside the fairway. Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution.

The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. It was understood that container ship Hanni lost propulsion power after engine failure. The crew was not able to stop the drifting vessel and the current pushed her outside the fairway. The vessel is expected to be refloated tonight, but will be detained for underwater survey and safety inspection.

The container ship Hanni (IMO: 9188506) has overall length of 118.30 m, moulded beam of 17.90 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 6,867 DWT and the gross tonnage is 5,056 GRT. The vessel was built in 1998 by JJ Sietas Schiffswerft in Hamburg, Germany. The owner and operator of the feeder Hanni is German operator Ohle Reederei.