The container ship Wiybelsum allided with North Lock at Brunsbuettel in Kiel Canal. The vessel was en route from Hamburg to St Petersburg, but proceeded to enter Kiel Canal’s lock with higher than recommended speed, which caused collision with the wall construction. The vessel remained afloat, suffering only minor damages, but the wall constructions was seriously affected. The accident was reported to the local authorities and the ship was ordered to anchor near the site of the accident for special survey and safety inspection. It was estimated that container carrier has only minor damages and can continue voyage to St Petersburg.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. The vessel will need to pay serious penalty for the caused damages of the North Lock at Brunsbuettel. The traffic is not suspended, but lock will need of repairs. Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution.
The container ship Wiybelsum (IMO: 9386976) has overall length of 161.00 m, moulded beam of 25.00 m and maximum draft of 9.20 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 17,083 DWT and the gross tonnage is 15,597 GRT. The container carrier Wiybelsum was built in 2008 by Avic Weihai Shipyard in China. The owner and operator of the ship is German company Briese Schiffahrt.