General cargo ship Amadeus Amethist collided with bridge in Belgium

Amadraus AmethistThe general cargo vessel Amadeus Amethist collided with bridge in Albertkanaal, Belgium. The ship was en route from Antwerp to Genk, proceeding though the channel, but navigation officer wrongly calculated the tide, as the vessel had higher air draft for passing under the bridge. The general cargo ship smashed into the bridge construction and suffered serious damages of the superstructure. One of the seamen on board was seriously injured and taken to the hospital, while other people evacuated in good health. The ship Amadeus Amethist stuck under the bridge, but later during the day was freed and secured alongside the canal in good seaworthiness and without danger of sinking.

The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. During the collision the canal was blocked for several hours, but after freeing the general cargo ship, the traffic was open again. The bridge traffic was also closed until further checks of the construction strength.

The general cargo vessel Amadeus Amethist (IMO: 9223435) has overall length of 88.00 m, moulded beam of 11.00 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 2,688 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,898 GRT. The vessel was built in 2000 by Volharding Shipyard in Hoogezang, Netherlands. The owner and operator of the general cargo vessel Amadeus Amethist is German company Marship.