The general cargo ship Rix Emerald collided with the docked vessel Arklow Breeze at Brunsbuettel port on Elbe river. The accident happened during maneuvering, due to human mistake of the Master. The docked cargo vessel Arklow Breeze and the pier suffered slight damages during the collision, while the responsible cargo ship had just small dents of the hull. The general cargo vessel Rix Emerald was detained for inspection and investigation. It was estimated that the master of the ship is under intoxication. The ship operator was fined with 3000 EUR and vessel was banned from leaving the port until further settlement of dispute.
The general cargo ship Rix Emerald anchored at Elbe river waiting for replacement of the Russian Master. The vessel is afloat without seaworthy deficiencies and will return in service.
The general cargo ship Rix Emerald (IMO: 9116802) has overall length of 88.50 m, moulded beam of 11.40 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 3,001 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,061 GRT. The ship was built in 1995 by Slovenske Lodenice in Komarno, Slovakia. The owner and operator of Rix Emerald is German company Wessels Reederei.
The general cargo ship Arklow Breeze (IMO: 9638812) has overall length of 120.00 m, beam of 15.00 m and maximum draft of 7.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 8,400 DWT and the gross tonnage is 5,065 GRT. The vessel was built by Ferus Smit Scheepswerf in their shipyard in Hogezand, Netherlands. The owned and operator of the general cargo ship Arklow Breeze is Irish company Arklow Shipping.