The general cargo ship Delamar suffered engine failure after blackout at the approach to Kiel Canal locks. The vessel was proceeding in northern direction en route from Plymouth in UK to Sodertalje in Sweden, but near Brunsbuettel lost propulsion power and remained adrift. The crew dropped anchor to prevent grounding or collision and succeeded to stop the dead inertia. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene was dispatched tug, which towed the general cargo ship Delamar to Brunsbuettel port, where was berthed for repairs and safety inspection. The traffic in Kiel Canal was hampered during the salvage of the troubled ship, but there was no congestion.
During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution. The blackout was caused by mechanical problem of the main engine, which cause delays in ETA of the general cargo ship, which will return in service after passing special survey and safety inspection. The fast reaction of the crew prevented from more serious accident or grounding.
The general cargo ship Delamar (IMO: 9528500) has overall length of 88.00 m, moulded beam of 13.00 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 4,030 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,779 GRT. The vessel was built in 2011 by Bodewes Shipyard in Hoogezand, Netherlands.