The container ship Heinrich Ehler allided with dolphin at the approach to Kiel-Holtenau Lock in Germany. The vessel was maneuvering to pass through Kiel canal with pilot on board en route to Hamburg, but due to navigation error and dense fog damaged the wooden fending of the dolphin. The accident was reported to local authorities, but the container carrier was allowed to resume voyage shortly after that. The ship Heinrich Ehler suffered only slight dents of the bow and will be inspected at the port of destination. The wooden fending of the dolphin was damaged and the costs for repairs were estimated to 20,000 EUR and will be charged to the responsible party of the collision.
There were no injured people during the incident and no water pollution. The investigation is under way and the fine will be imposed to the ship operator.
The container ship Heinrich Ehler (IMO: 9372200) has overall length of 166.00 m, moulded beam of 27.00 m and maximum draft of 9.40 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 17,819 DWT and the gross tonnage is 17,488 GRT. The ship was built in 2008 by JJ Sietas Shiffswerft in Hamburg, Germany. The owner and operator of the container carrier is German operator Ehler Reederei.