General cargo ship Auriga ran aground in Kiel Canal

9551662The general cargo ship Auriga ran aground in Kiel Canal near the ferrypoint Oldenbuettel in Tackesdorf, Germany. The vessel was en route to Finland, transiting through the channel in northern direction, but suffered blackout and lost propulsion power. The vessel adrifted to the shore and dropped anchor, but failed to prevent grounding and hardly stuck into a mud shallow. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene was dispatched tug Felix, which refloated the general cargo ship and towed her to safe depth. After short inspection the vessel resumed voyage to Holtenau, where docked for special survey.

The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. The traffic in Kiel Canal was not blocked, but hampered during salvage. The ship did not suffered any underwater damages during grounding. There were no injured people and no water pollution.

The general cargo ship Auriga (IMO: 9551662) has overall length of 99.00 m, moulded beam of 14.00 m and maximum draft of 6.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 5,134 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,500 GRT. The ship was built in 2010 by Western Marine Services in Chittagong, Bangladesh.