The container ship Sophia allided with middle wall of the Great Northern lock in Kiel-Holtenau at Kiel Canal, while en route from Kemi to Hamburg. The ship was proceeding through the lock, but deviated from the course and adrifted to the stone wall. Following the collision, the stern scraped several meters along the wall, partially damaging the fender and steel chain. Fortunately after allision there were no significant damages to the ship’s hull and feeder remained afloat without reported water ingress. The vessel was detained for special survey and safety inspection, but the local authorities estimated there the ship can return in service.
The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. During the allision there were no injured people and no reported water pollution. The Kiel-Holtenau lock was not damaged, but was closed until inspection of the stone wall after collision.
The container ship Sophia (IMO: 9433456) has overall length of 130.00 m, moulded beam of 21.00 m and maximum draft of 7.40 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 8,166 DWT and the gross tonnage is 7,464 GRT. The ship was built in 2008 by Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding in their shipyard in China. The owner and operator of the feeder Sophia is German company Draxl Schiffahrt.