Disabled bulk carrier Weser Stahl collided with Blexen ferry pier, causing sufficient damages. The vessel was proceeding upstream to Bremen, when suffered engine failure and lost propulsion power. Left without maneuverability, the bulker was drifted to the pier and allided with it, at relatively high speed. The cargo ship was not seriously damaged, but suffered breaches above the waterline and several dents. The bulk carrier Weser Stahl was towed to Strom Quay in Bremerhaven, where was docked by special survey. The ship will be detained until the engineering and propulsion system and fully repaired and inspected.
The Blexen ferry pier was seriously damaged and closed for operations. The traffic in the river was not hampered during the accident. Fortunately during collision there were no injured people and no water pollution. The investigation for responsible and root cause of the accident is under way.
The self Discharging bulk carrier Weser Stahl (IMO: 9186687) has overall length of 192.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 10.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 47,257 DWT and the gross tonnage is 28,546 GRT. The cargo ship was built in 1999 by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea. The owner and operator of Weser Stahl is Canadian company CSL Group.